Two soldiers die in PKK terror attack in Turkey’s southeast

Turkish General Staff announces two soldiers have died in terror attack carried out by PKK terrorists who detonated IED on Yuksekova-Semdinli highway in eastern province of Hakkari

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish military units take positions in order to secure a road in the eastern region of the country.

Turkish military has announced that two soldiers have been killed in a terror attack by the PKK terrorists who detonated an IED on a bridge located on Yuksekova-Semdinli highway, in the eastern province of Hakkari on Tuesday afternoon.

The PKK terror attack targeted an armoured military vehicle carrying soldiers on the road between Semdinli and Yuksekova, both of which are districts of the Hakkari province and border Iran. The explosion has also injured three soldiers, according to the statement released by the Turkish General Staff.

The military statement also said that the injured soldiers were transferred to hospitals in the region for immediate treatment following the attack and that their injuries are not life threatening.

Turkish security forces have been launching extensive operations involving “attack helicopters, drones, and reinforcements” in the region where the outlawed PKK detonated the IED “in order to neutralise the terrorists by cutting off their escape routes,” the statement added.

Turkey has recently been targeted with increasing terror attacks by ISIS and PKK terrorist groups in its southeastern and eastern regions, since a suicide bombing, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS, in Suruc district of the Sanliurfa province claimed 34 lives on July 20.

The outlawed PKK has particularly increased its terror attacks on both police and the Turkish Armed Forces following the Suruc suicide bombing. More than 120 Turkish security officials have been killed in militant attacks by the PKK and ISIS since the bombing.  

Both PKK and ISIS are recognised as terrorist organisations by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO.

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