Turkish soldier dies in terror attack in Turkey’s southeast

Turkish soldier dies in PKK terror attack in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A Turkish soldier stands guard as troops conduct a counter-terrorism operation in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province’s Sur District.

At least one Turkish soldier died on late Monday in a PKK terrorist attack in southeastern Turkey’s Diyarbakir Province.

According to local governmental sources, the incident took place as Turkish troops - backed by gendarmerie forces - pursued anti-terror operations in the Cevatpasa, Fatihpasa, Dabanoglu, Hasirli, Cemal Yilmaz and Savas neighborhoods of Sur district amid an ongoing curfew since early December.

The soldier, Fazli Altuntas, died at Diyarbakir Military Hospital after he was severely wounded when PKK terrorists opened fire on security forces.

Anti-terror operations against the PKK

Turkish security forces launched a comprehensive anti-terror operation on Dec, 2015 against the PKK in the 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 in order to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.

Since the beginning of 2016, at least 25 Turkish security officers have died during anti-terror operations in the southeastern provinces.

TRTWorld, AA