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Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Turks clear bird of spying for Israel

  • A man prepares to release the kestrel on Friday.

    AP

    A man prepares to release the kestrel on Friday.

ISTANBUL -- A bird of prey found in a Turkish village has been cleared of local suspicion it was aiding Israeli spies.
The private Dogan news agency reported Friday that villagers in a rural town in central Turkey found the kestrel this week and delivered it to local authorities after discovering a leg band marked "24311 Tel Avivunia Israel." Such bands are often used to track bird migrations.
Authorities confirmed that they released the bird into the wild Thursday after x-rays performed at a veterinary hospital found that "there was no other device" attached to the bird aside from the leg band.
Dogan, which published a copy of the X-ray record, says medical staff labeled it "Israeli Spy." It was not immediately clear whether the label was tongue-in-cheek.
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