Greek military arrests 2 Turkish soldiers for crossing border

The Greek-Turkish border line right on the bridge over the river Evros, in Thrace region. The grey line on the road marks the exact point where the two countries meet.

A Greek army spokesman has said two Turkish military members have been arrested for allegedly crossing into Greece illegally. The spokesman told The Associated Press the arrests took place along the border in northeastern Greece on Sunday. He denied Greek media reports that gunfire was exchanged during the incident.

The spokesman requested anonymity because the case is under investigation. He said it was not clear how the Turkish servicemen entered Greece or what their ranks are. The Greek army is investigating if others attempted to come into the country as well.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said on Sunday that two Turkish soldiers who were detained by the Greek military on Saturday morning for crossing the Greek border have been released.

The TSK said the Turkish soldiers were released after talks with Greek authorities at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. It was not clear how the Turkish servicemen entered Greece or what their ranks were.

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. (turkishminute.com)

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