3 Turkish soldiers killed near Syria border

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 4:57 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities are denying reports that three soldiers guarding the Turkish-Syrian border were killed by gunfire from Syria.

Turkey's military said Tuesday that one of the soldiers shot and killed two of his colleagues before turning the gun on himself. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Turkish reporters during a visit to Warsaw that the soldier had a nervous breakdown.

Earlier reports said the soldiers patrolling the border near the town of Ceylanpinar were killed by shots fired from across the border in Syria. The Syrian side of the border is largely controlled by Islamic State militants.

"A terror attack or a cross-border attack is out of the question, according to the indications," Davutoglu said.