Turkish soldier dies in clashes with PKK terrorists in Cizre

Turkish Army announces that soldier has died during operations against PKK terror groups in Cizre district of southeastern Sirnak province on Sunday morning

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Flames are seen after the PKK terrorists set the roof of Resha Medical Vocational high school alight during an anti-terror operation in the Cizre district of Sirnak, southeastern province of Turkey, on Dec. 17, 2015

Turkish General Staff has announced that a soldier has died during security operations against the PKK terror groups in the Cizre district of the southeastern province Sirnak on Sunday morning.

During the clashes, one of the troops was heavily wounded and hospitalised immediately after the incident, according to the official statement of the Turkish Armed Forces.

However, he could not be saved despite all efforts, the statement declared.

Turkish security forces have reportedly launched an extensive internal security operation in certain districts, including Cizre and Silopi, of the Sirnak province in order to scatter the network of the PKK groups.

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

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters in Ankara. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for over 30 years, and have claimed more than 40,000 lives.

TRTWorld and agencies