Erdoğan was speaking at a ceremony, marking 80th death anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, in the capital Ankara.
“Seven Turkish soldiers were martyred and almost 25 others were injured in an ammo depot explosion in southeastern province of Hakkari. Rest in peace. I also wish quick recovery to injured ones,” Erdoğan said.
The defective ammo blast in Hakkari had occurred on Nov. 9.
“Twenty-five of our military personnel were injured today at the Ortaklar Süngü Tepe military base in the Semdinli district when defective ammunition detonated during artillery shooting,” said the National Defense Ministry on Nov. 9.