Erdogan confirms Turkish armed forces shot down Syrian jet

ISTANBUL, March 23 Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:02am EDT

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ISTANBUL, March 23 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday his country's armed forces had shot down a Syrian jet after it violated Turkish airspace, confirming media reports.

"A Syrian plane violated our airspace. Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard," he told a rally of his supporters in northwest Turkey ahead of March 30 local elections.

(Writing by Daren Butler Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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