2 police officers killed, 19 wounded in PKK attack in Bingöl

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Two police officers were killed and 19 people including five police officers were wounded in a car bomb attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Bingöl province, the Doğan news agency reported on Sunday.

A bomb-laden car exploded when an armored police vehicle was passing by the Genç district of Bingöl on Saturday night.

Bingöl Governor Selim Köşger told reporters that an operation has been launched against the PKK in the region after the attack.

The attack in Bingol took place on the same day when Turkish security forces killed seven PKK militants in Tunceli.

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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