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5 killed in landslide in Turkey

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July 19, 2013 05:40 AM EST | AP

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ANKARA, Turkey — An official says a landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least five people near Turkey's border with Syria.

Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz said the landslide, which struck early Friday, demolished six hillside houses near the town of Dortyol in the border province of Hatay. At least 12 people were hurt.

The private Dogan news agency said the victims included an elderly man and woman and their two grandchildren who were buried beneath their collapsed home.

The government's disaster management agency said at least nine people were rescued by helicopters dispatched to the area.

Turkey is frequently hit by deadly landslides that are triggered by torrential rains.