The PKK was behind the attack which killed a Turkish soldier's wife and child in the southeastern province of Hakkari, local officials said.

Site of an attack which killed a woman on Tuesday. Her 11-month-old baby died in hospital, in Hakkari, Turkey, July 31, 2018.
Site of an attack which killed a woman on Tuesday. Her 11-month-old baby died in hospital, in Hakkari, Turkey, July 31, 2018. (AA)

Nurcan Karakaya and her 11-month-old baby were killed by a roadside bomb in Hakkari, the local governor’s office said on Tuesday. Karakaya was married to a Turkish soldier.

Karakaya was driving the car, a civilian vehicle, when the bomb, planted by the PKK terror group according to security sources, detonated in the locality of Buyukciftlik. The security sources said it was an IED (improvised explosive device).

Karakaya died at the scene of the attack. Her 11-month-old baby died of his wounds at Yuksekova Public Hospital.

Mother and her 11-month baby are photographed in an undated family photo.
Mother and her 11-month baby are photographed in an undated family photo. (AA)

Karakaya is reported to have been traveling with her baby to see her husband in Hakkari when the IED exploded.

Police have launched an operation to find the perpetrators.

“The place of the killers will be hell, both in this world and in the hereafter,” Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted after the blast. He offered his condolences to the soldier.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU. In over three decades, the group has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies