Three Turkish security officers die in Turkey's Diyarbakir

Three Turkish soldiers and a police officer die during clashes with PKK terrorists in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province

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A curfew was announced early on Wednesday in six neighbourhoods of Sur District to ensure the safety of civilians during clashes with PKK terrorists.

Updated Jan 29, 2016

The Turkish military said in a statement on Wednesday that three soldiers have died in clashes with PKK terrorists during anti-terror operations in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province.

Later, one police officer who was injured in the clashes died in hospital.

The operations were launched to disarm bomb traps set by the terrorists in six neighbourhoods of Sur District after a curfew was announced early in the morning in these areas.

The terrorists targeted security forces with sniper rifles and rocket launchers, injuring three other soldiers.

The wounded soldiers were taken to a hospital in downtown Diyarbakir.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 200 security officers in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

Turkish security forces launched a comprehensive anti-terror operation in mid-December of 2015 against the PKK terrorist organisation in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.

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

TRTWorld and agencies