2 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Bomb Blast

2 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Bomb Blast
Sun Oct 18, 2015 18:07:14

Two Turkish soldiers have lost their lives and two others sustained injuries in a powerful roadside bomb explosion in the country’s troubled southeast.

The incident happened on Sunday when a military vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the southeastern province of Tunceli.

The bomb had allegedly been planted by militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The explosion brings to six the number of Turkish troopers killed over the past few days.

Meanwhile, a security source has confirmed that at least four Turkish soldiers and 20 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed in the latest clashes in the country’s volatile southeast over the past couple of days.

The source, whose name was not mentioned in the reports, said on Sunday that the clashes, involving military helicopters, lasted for several days in Turkey’s mountainous Daglica region, situated near the Iraqi border.

The Daglica region has frequently witnessed clashes between the PKK militants and Turkish security forces.

The Turkish military has been conducting offensive operations against the alleged positions of the Takfiri ISIS terrorists in northern Syria as well as those of the PKK in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey.

The operations began in the wake of a deadly July 20 bombing in the southern Turkish town of Suruc, where over 30 people died. The Turkish government blamed ISIS for the bombing.

Ankara’s military campaign against the PKK ended a shaky ceasefire that had been declared in 2013.

On October 10, twin blasts targeted a number of activists who had convened outside Ankara’s main train station for a peace rally organized by leftist and pro-Kurdish opposition groups, killing over 100 people. Following the incident, the PKK called on its members to halt militant activities in Turkey in honor of the victims of the bombings unless they are threatened by an attack.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s; Press TV reported.

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