3 soldiers killed, 3 injured in clashes with PKK in Hakkari

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Three soldiers were killed and three others were injured during a clash between Turkish security forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in the Çukurca district of Hakkari province in southeastern Turkey on Friday.

The clashes took place near Mt. Güven in Çukurca.

An operation was launched in the area to capture the PKK terrorists who fled the scene.

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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