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Turkish authorities safely dispose of Black Sea mine

Baku, April 7, AZERTAC

Turkiye found and safely disposed of a sea mine off the Black Sea coast, the National Defense Ministry said on Wednesday, according to Anadolu Agency.

The area was secured immediately after the mine was spotted by patrol aircraft off Kocaeli, and underwater explosive ordnance disposal units successfully neutralized it, the ministry tweeted.

This is the third sea mine discovered by Turkish authorities since the beginning of the Ukraine-Russia war, with the first detected off the northern coast of Igneada near the Bulgarian maritime border and the second spotted at the entrance to the Bosporus in March.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar earlier said that mine hunter vessels along with maritime patrol aircraft are constantly monitoring waterways near Turkish coasts in the Black Sea region to detect and neutralize drifting mines.

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