One Turkish soldier killed in PKK mine attack

Mine attack by PKK terrorists kill one Turkish soldier, injures four others in Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

One Turkish soldier has been killed and four others have been injured in a mine attack by PKK terrorists, Anadolu agency reported early on Sunday.

The soldier was killed when a mine planted by PKK terrorists on a road exploded in Mardin’s Midyat district during the passage of a military vehicle carrying soldiers who were providing the security of the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik oil pipeline.

The injured have been taken under treatment in Midyat public hospital.

Security forces launched an operation in the area to capture the militants.

Turkey has been a target of increasing terror attacks by militant groups such as ISIS and PKK since a suicide bombing, allegedly carried out by ISIS, in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province claimed 32 lives on July 20.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by the EU, the US, and Turkey.

With the latest incident, the number of the Turkish security officials killed in PKK and ISIS terror attacks since the Suruc suicide bombing rose to 18.

Alarmed by the increasing number of attacks, on July 24, thousands of Turkish security forces and gendarmerie have launched nationwide anti-terrorism operations in many cities across Turkey.

Hundreds of suspected militants have been arrested and about 1,500 have been detained by Turkish security forces during Turkey’s nationwide anti-terror operations carried out in 39 different provinces since July 24.

Most of the suspects allegedly belonged to ISIS, PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

In response to the PKK and ISIS attacks, Turkish military have also stepped up efforts against the militant groups and launched air strikes in several positions used by PKK and ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria respectively since last week.

More than 260 militants have been killed and more than 360 injured in air strikes conducted by Turkish military while 10 militants have been killed and two are injured in ground operations.

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