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4 Turkish soldiers, 2 civilians killed in bus accident

ISTANBUL – Four Turkish soldiers and two civilian drivers were killed in a traffic accident in southern Turkey, authorities said Monday.

The governor´s office in Mersin province said the cause of the accident was being investigated.

Turkey´s defense minister arrived in Mersin and said that, according to the initial information, the accident was caused by a technical failure. Hulusi Akar said 27 others were injured, with four soldiers in intensive care.

The soldiers were in a civilian bus carrying army personnel. The official Anadolu news agency said they were en route to being deployed to northern Cyprus.

Images from the scene showed a crane trying to lift an overturned bus on the side of a highway, surrounded by ambulances, police and bystanders.

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