Turkish soldier killed in clash with PKK in eastern Turkey
One soldier of the Turkish security forces was killed in clash with the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party in eastern Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday.
The clash between the PKK members and the Turkish soldiers took place in the mountainous area in Yuksekova town of Hakkari province near Iraq when the Turkish security forces were launching an operation in fight against the PKK militants, according to the report.
It said that one PKK militant was also killed in the clash, adding that the operation staged by the Turkish security forces were continuing in pursuit of the PKK members who escaped, Xinhua reported.
Turkish security forces conducted frequent operations against PKK militants in eastern and southeastern Turkey.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. So far, some 40,000 people have been killed in the past two-decade conflicts.
Turkey's military forces have taken tougher actions against the PKK after the country's legislature extended the government's mandate to launch cross-border operations against the rebels in northern Iraq.