Two Turkish soldiers die in PKK terror attacks

Turkish army says two soldiers were ‘martyred’ in PKK terror attacks in southeastern Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A barricade set up by the PKK terrorists is seen on a street as Turkish Security Forces patrol on the streets after they carried out anti- terror operation against PKK, Cizre, Sirnak, January 07, 2016

Two Turkish soldiers have been “martyred” in separate PKK terror attacks in Sur and Cizre districts in southeastern Turkey, Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Friday.

"Our two hero comrades were critically injured as a result of an armed attack by [PKK] terrorists and have been martyred despite all interventions at the hospital," the statement added.

In the Cizre district of Sirnak province, a soldier died in a PKK terror attack during an operation in the region.

In the Sur district of Diyarbakir province, a specialist sergeant died and five soldiers were wounded after PKK terrorists fired with sharpshooters and detonated remote controlled explosives.

The army’s operation in the region aims to destroy the hand-made explosives, lift the barricades and deal with trenches dug by the PKK.

A curfew continues both in Cizre and Sur since December, to ensure the safety of citizens during the army operations.

In July, PKK -which is considered to be a terrorist organisation by the US and the EU besides Turkey- renewed its armed campaign, ending a two-year ceasefire with the Turkish government.

Since then, around 300 soldiers, police and civilians have died during PKK terror attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies