Three security officers die in Turkey's Diyarbakir Province

Two Turkish soldiers and one policeman belonging to special forces unit die after being heavily injured in separate armed clashes with PKK terrorists in southeastern province of Diyarbakir

Photo by: AA
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A Turkish security forces member stands guard as troops conduct counter-terrorism operation in a neighbourhood under curfew for about a month in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province’s Sur district on December 29, 2015.

Two Turkish soldiers and a police officer belonging to a special forces unit died on Monday from fatal injuries following separate armed clashes with PKK terrorists in the Sur district of Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir Province, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) has announced.

The TAF issued a statement following the initial incident, stating a soldier was heavily injured in the fighting with the PKK terrorists at 10.25 am local time (0825 GMT) and could not be saved despite all medical interventions at the Diyarbakir military hospital.

The general staff later issued another statement saying a second soldier had succumbed to his wounds in the hospital at 2.40 pm local time (1240GMT) on Monday after being injured by small arms fire earlier in the same day during a counter-terror operation in Sur District. 

A policeman has also been pronounced dead from heavy wounds following another armed clash with PKK terror groups in the same district. 

Comprehensive anti-terror operations have been launched in Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.

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 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, AA