Outlawed PKK kills 2 soldiers in clashes in Turkey’s east

Outlawed PKK kills two Turkish soldiers during clashes in Turkey's Erzurum province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Friends and family members seen outside the home of fallen soldier Sukru Sahin in Eskisehir province on October 11, 2015.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed on Sunday during clashes with the PKK terrorists in the outskirts of Turkey’s eastern province of Erzurum.

The clashes took place in Senkaya district of Erzurum, as operations were carried out against hideouts of PKK terrorists near Senkaya border and Gole district of Ardahan province by gendarmerie units, the Erzurum governorate office announced.

Sukru Sahin and Dogan Akgobek were killed in the terror attack. 

PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.

The statement said the soldiers were killed during the initial clashes and security forces, including special operation units were deployed to the area.

The funeral of the slain soldiers will be held in their hometowns, after a ceremony at the Erzurum Air Base Command.

PKK’s umbrella organisation, the KCK unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the Turkish government on July 11.

Since then, 139 security officials and more than 30 civilians have been murdered in PKK terror attacks.

In the meantime, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out air strikes targeting PKK camps located in Metina and Zap in northern Iraq on Sunday.

According to TAF, 35 PKK terrorists were killed in the air strikes targeting PKK shelters and sites.

Also, TAF found ammunition hidden in two caves in the Hakkari province during operations carried out against PKK.

In air strikes against PKK targets in Diyarbakir province, 14 PKK terrorists were killed, while over 200 Kalashnikov rifles were discovered by security officers in operations conducted in Siirt province.

As operations against PKK targets continued in southeastern Sirnak province, one of the largest military deployments in recent weeks took place on Sunday in Sirnak, the reports said.

A convoy of 70 vehicles, including armoured vehicles arrived at the 23rd Gendarmerie Border Division in Sirnak.

TRTWorld and agencies