One soldier killed in mine blast in southeastern Turkey
One soldier of the Turkish security forces was killed in a mine explosion in southeastern Turkey on Thursday, private NTV news channel reported.
The mine exploded during an operation staged by the Turkish security forces in Haskel mountain area in Cukurca town of Hakkari province on Thursday morning, wounding one soldier who died later in Sirnal Military Hospital, Xinhua quoted the report.
Meanwhile, also on Thursday, an armed clash occurred between members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) and the Turkish security forces with the support of Cobra type helicopters in Gozlicayir village of eastern Tunceli province, killing two PKK members, according to the report.
Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the PKK took up arms in 1984 in order to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the PKK for the past over two decades.