1 soldier killed, 5 injured in clashes with PKK in Hakkari

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A photo from last year shows Turkish commandos, backed by helicopters, carry out an operation against PKK militants.

One soldier was killed and five others were injured when Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists on Sunday fired mortars at Turkish military members near the Çukurca district of Hakkari in southeastern Turkey.

The injured soldiers were taken to Hakkari State Hospital while security forces launched an operation in the area to capture the PKK terrorists who fled.

 

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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