Thirteen Turkish soldiers were killed when a military helicopter crashed after hitting a high-voltage power line in the southeast of the country.

Turkish Army said, the as532 cougar helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from a base in sirnak province bordering Iraq.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was briefed about the accident after chairing the country’s top National Security Council meeting in Ankara.

In March, seven people, including four Russians, were killed when a privately-owned helicopter crashed in Istanbul after hitting a Television Tower.