News ID: 169752
Published: 0718 GMT October 03, 2016

Dozens killed in clashes in southeast Turkey

Dozens killed in clashes in southeast Turkey

Twenty militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed in fresh clashes with Turkish forces in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast.

Turkey’s security forces killed 20 militants of the PKK during three separate operations in the provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, near the border with Iraq, and in Agri Province, bordering Iran , the Monday statement from the governor’s office and information provided by security sources said.

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that two soldiers also died in Hakkari after PKK rebels detonated a roadside bomb that struck their military vehicle.

Last week, six more PKK militants were killed in clashes with Turkish security forces in the country’s northern province of Ordu.

Provincial Governor Irfan Balkanlioglu said the militants were spotted and shot dead during an operation in the Mesudiye district of the province.

A cease-fire between Ankara and PKK militants collapsed last year after more than 30 civilians lost their lives in a July 2015 bomb attack in the southern Turkish town of Suruc.

Turkish authorities held the Daesh terrorist group accountable for the act of terror.

Anadolu says more than 600 security force members and thousands of PKK militants have been killed since then.

The PKK is considered a terror organization by Turkey.

PKK militants, who accuse the Ankara government of sponsoring Daesh, mounted a series of supposed reprisal attacks against Turkish security forces after the bombing in Suruc , prompting the Turkish military operations against its positions inside the country and northern Iraq.

The PKK has been calling for an autonomous Kurdish region since 1984.


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