1 soldier, 12 PKK terrorists killed in clashes with security forces

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One soldier was killed by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in the Çukurca district of Hakkari province on Saturday, while six PKK militants died in clashes there on Friday and six were slain in Ordu that same day, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the report, PKK terrorists targeted a military base in the Dağbaşı area of Çukurca.

Three PKK militants were killed in Çukurca on Sept. 30 and another three terrorists were killed by a drone strike in the Izbe Mountains, located between the Yüksekova and Dağlıca districts of Hakkari, the military said in a statement on Saturday.

Six PKK terrorists were also killed in an operation in the Mesudiye district of Ordu province in northern Turkey on Friday.

Three village guards died and two others were injured in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari on Thursday when PKK terrorists opened fire on the village guards, who were providing security for ongoing construction on a road.

Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.

More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

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