Turkish General Staff has said in a statement on Thursday that six soldiers died and one is critically injured in a bomb attack perpetrated by PKK terrorists on an armoured military vehicle in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
The terrorists reportedly detonated the bomb by a remote control as the security forces were passing by a highway linking Diyarbakir, the largest city in the southeast, to the district of Lice, after returning from a mine clearing operation.
The injured soldier was taken to Diyarbakir Military Hospital by helicopter.
An operation has been launched to apprehend the terrorists.
The incident came a day after a military convoy was targeted in Turkey’s capital Ankara, which left at least 28 people dead.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated that initial investigations indicate that PKK’s Syrian extension YPG is behind the Ankara attack.
YPG is the militant wing of the PYD which Turkey considers as the Syrian affiliate of the PKK. Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU.