Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) issued a statement on Monday stating that five soldiers died in an armed clash with PKK terrorists during an anti-terror operation against PKK terror organisation in Sur District of southeastern Diyarbakir Province.
The statement said that the five soldiers were heavily injured in the attack and all were admitted to the hospital. However, the soldiers could not be saved despite all medical efforts.
More than 200 security officers have died in PKK terror attacks in Turkey, since the group’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.
Turkish Security Forces launched a comprehensive anti-terror operation in mid-December of 2015 against the PKK terrorist organisation in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.
The anti-terror operation was aimed to fill holes dug by the terrorists, remove barricades, disarm bomb traps and clear the area of terrorists.
Within the scope of the operations, curfews in towns and cities across Turkey's southeastern provinces have become a regular occurrence to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.
At least 45 Turkish security officers have died in terror attacks since the beginning of 2016.