Clashes between the Turkish army and the outlawed PKK terrorists in the early hours on Sunday left a Turkish soldier dead in Turkey’s northeastern Kars province.
In a statement on its website, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) said the clash started at 5:30 am local time (0230GMT), when the soldiers called on PKK terrorists to surrender.
Two soldiers were injured during the clashes, one of whom later died in Kars state hospital. The other injured soldier is reported to be in stable condition.
TAF also stated that three suspected PKK terrorists were killed, with armament discovered on them.
Following the terror attack, an air-supported security operation launched in the region, TAF said.
At least 44 Turkish security officials and six civilians have been killed in terror attacks, mostly carried out by the outlawed PKK, since the July 20 Suruc suicide bomb attack that claimed 34 lives allegedly carried out by ISIS.
The PKK, which has been carrying out armed attacks mostly in southeast Turkey since the early 1980s, is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US, and EU.
The group renewed its armed attacks following the July 20 Suruc bombing.
The police seized improvised explosives and Molotov cocktails in an operation on Saturday evening. Within the scope of operation, security forces raided locations that belonged to suspected members of YDG-H -the youth wing of the PKK- in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
The outlawed PKK has claimed more than 40,000 lives during its 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish government.
In early 2013, Turkey launched a "Peace Process" to end years of armed conflict with the PKK and build reforms regarding the constitution. However, PKK decided to end the cease fire on July 11, 2015 using the construction of dams in southeastern Turkey as an excuse.