Police officer dies in clash with PKK in Turkey’s east

Police officer dies during armed clash with terrorist group PKK in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak Province

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One Turkish soldier died and three other security officers were injured on Tuesday in an armed clash with PKK terrorists in the Cizre District of Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak Province.

According to security sources, the clash broke out while Turkish security officers were carrying out an anti-terror operation in Cizre's Nur neighbourhood in order to remove barricades and close the ditches dug by PKK terrorists.

Comprehensive anti-terror operations were launched in Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin on Dec. 14, 2015.

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

The PKK - which is considered to be a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU - renewed its armed campaign in July after unilaterally ending a two-year ceasefire with the Turkish government.

Since then, more than 200 members of the Turkish security forces have died in clashes while around 1,700 PKK terrorists have been killed.

TRTWorld and agencies