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Turkish service members arrested at Greek border released

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The Turkish army says two of its soldiers were released from Greek custody after they were arrested Sunday for entering Greece illegally.

The army said the soldiers were trailing migrants to keep them from crossing into neighboring Greece, but accidentally passed the border themselves.

A Greek army spokesman told The Associated Press earlier that two Turkish soldiers were arrested along the border in northeastern Greece. He denied Greek media reports that gunfire was exchanged during the incident.

The spokesman requested anonymity because the case was under investigation. He said it was not clear how the service members entered Greece and the army was investigating if others attempted to come into the country.

The Turkish army said the soldiers were detained at 11 a.m. Sunday (08:00 GMT) and released after seven-and-a-half hours after talks with Greek authorities.
Turkey arrested two Greek soldiers in March. Greek officials said they had veered off course while on patrol near the border. They were detained until last month, when they were released to Greece pending trial. [AP]

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