Cizre, Turkey – At least three Turkish soldiers were killed and six more wounded when a remotely detonated bomb struck a military convoy that has been traveling in the Kurdish southeast, officials reported on Saturday.
“The explosion hit the army vehicles in the Bingol district near Karliova,” Turkey’s General Staff said in a statement. “Three of our soldiers were martyred and six wounded.”
The operation was reportedly conducted by fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Over the last few weeks, Kurdish fighters of the PKK launched a series of attacks on Turkish military and security forces southeast the country in response to the airstrikes launched by Turkish warplanes on the group’s positions in northern Iraq.
According to Turkey’s General Staff, at least 39 soldiers have been killed in the PKK-led attacks in the past weeks.
On the other hand, the PKK has lost more than 200 fighters under Turkish airstrikes.
The Turkey-PKK conflict continued for over 30 years, before the start of the peace project between both sides nearly two years ago. However, Turkey has recently resumed its military operations on PKK positions in northern Iraq after accusing the group of launching “terrorist attacks” on its forces inside Turkey.
Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), condemned in a letter from his prison in Imrali Island in Turkey the resume of violence between the Turkish army and PKK fighters, calling on both sides to stop the fighting and “return to the table of negotiations”.
Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri
Source: ARA News
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