Two Turkish soldiers and a police officer died during an operation against PKK terrorists in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province on Sunday.
The deaths occurred in Diyarbakir’s Sur district which has been under curfew since Dec. 2 as Turkish security forces continue operations in the region to destroy hand-made explosives, lift the barricades and fill up trenches dug by the PKK, which is considered to be a terrorist organisation by the US, EU and Turkey.
Provincial security sources said the fatalities occurred on Sunday afternoon when PKK terrorists opened fire on security forces as they were conducting anti-terror efforts in six neighbourhoods of Sur.
Eleven soldiers and one police officer were severely wounded in the clash and were transferred to Diyarbakir Military Hospital.
Two of the injured soldiers and a police officer succumbed to their wounds in hospital.
Nine soldiers are still receiving medical treatment.
According to the Turkish General Staff's latest figures announced on Sunday, four terrorists were killed in Diyarbakir’s Sur district, bringing the total number of terrorists killed in the area so far to 74.
In July, PKK - which is considered to be a terrorist organisation by the US and the EU as well as Turkey - renewed its armed campaign, ending a two-year ceasefire with the Turkish government.
Since then, around 300 soldiers, police and civilians have died in PKK terror attacks.