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Food poisoning hits 731 Turkish soldiers

A Turkish prosecutor says 731 soldiers at a western base were sent to the hospital with food poisoning and 21 people from the company that provided the food have been detained.

Akif Celattin Simsek, the lead prosecutor in Manisa province, said on Sunday an investigation was launched with samples taken from the affected soldiers, the food and the water. None of those hospitalised late on Saturday were in critical condition.

Defense Minister Fikri Isik, who went to Manisa, said the ministry had cancelled the contract with the food company. The governor's office said 24 soldiers remain hospitalised Sunday afternoon.

There have been several cases of suspected food poisoning at military bases in Manisa, affecting more than 1,00 soldiers and killing one in May.

© AP 2017

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