Injured Turkish soldier dies at military hospital

Turkish soldier succumbs to his injuries he suffered in armed clash with PKK terrorists on Jan. 21 in southeastern Diyarbakir Province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A soldier patrols at a street as Turkish Security Forces carry out a counter - terrorism operation against terrorist organization PKK in Turkey's south-eastern province Diyarbakir's Sur District on January 21, 2016.

An injured Turkish soldier died on Saturday, days after being injured during an anti-terror operation against PKK terrorist organisation in Sur District of southeastern Diyarbakir Province.

The soldier who had been wounded in the clashes on Jan. 21 was immediately admitted to hospital, but despite days of efforts, he could not be saved, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) said in a written statement.

The incident raised the number of Turkish Security Forces that died, since the beginning of this year, to 38.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 200 security officers in Turkey, since the group’s umbrella organisation, the 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 PKK terrorist organisation in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.

Within the scope of the operations, curfews in towns and cities across the southeastern provinces have become a regular occurrence to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.