Turkish soldier killed during terror operation against PKK

One Turkish soldier killed during security operations against the terrorist group PKK in Turkey's southeastern Sirnak province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

An earlier photograph of the fallen Turkish soldier Ilker Tosun (28).

Updated Oct 16, 2015

Turkish General Staff announced that a soldier has been killed during anti-terror operations against the outlawed PKK in Turkey's southeastern province of Sirnak.

Sergeant Ilker Tosun (28) was reported to have been killed when PKK opened fire on a group of soldiers, while another soldier and two village guards were also injured in the terror attack.

Three wounded were immediately taken to a hospital for treatment by helicopter.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US and NATO.

PKK terror attacks have claimed 140 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long cease fire with the government on July 11.

In response to the increase in violence, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed the continued dedication of the government to fight against terrorism.

Accordingly, forty nine militants have been killed in air strikes by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as they struck several PKK targets in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey over the weekend, reported the Turkish General Staff.

The attacks carried out on Sunday targeted PKK camps located in mountainous Metina and Zap regions in northern Iraq.

Another 14 militants were reported to have been killed by the Turkish Military air strikes in southeast Turkey on Saturday.

The TSK also noted that the capture and destruction of further supplies have been carried out during ground operations in Turkey’s Hakkari province.

TRTWorld and agencies