Death toll from avalanche in Hakkari province rises to 2
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
The avalanche hit the site on Sunday while soldiers were working to clear snow off a road near a military base in the Şemdinli district of Hakkari province.
The local governorship said the body of the other soldier was found at 9.30 a.m. local time (0630GMT) during a search and rescue operation which was conducted with the support of a drone, rescue workers, commandos, and sniffer dogs.
“May Allah’s grace and mercy be upon our martyr. We extend our condolences to his grieving family, the Turkish Armed Forces and our noble nation," a statement by the governor’s office said.
The National Defense Ministry said on Sunday that two soldiers were trapped in the snow. One of the soldiers was rescued and taken to a local state hospital but he could not survive.
The National Defense Ministry also issued a statement, wishing Allah’s mercy upon the martyred soldier and sympathized with his family over their loss.