2 soldiers die, 4 wounded in clashes with PKK

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HAKKARI, TURKEY - MAY 12 : A Turkish soldiers shots a fire during a military exercises at the Modular Temporary Base Area also known as "Hawk Eye" at the 34th Border Brigade's Red Hill military post in Hakkari's Semdinli district, Turkey on May 12, 2016. Reconnaissance and surveillance actions continue 24/7 by the military personnel standing guard at the "Hawk Eye" located on the Semdinli-Derecik highway. Total of 20 Modular Temporary Base Areas located in Turkey's Hakkari and Sirnak district assist Turkish Armed Forces operations against PKK terrorist organizations infiltration from Northern Iraqi camps. Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency

Two Turkish soldiers died and four were wounded in an armed clash on Friday with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The skirmishes reportedly took place on Gabar Mountain in southeastern Şırnak province.

According to Turkish officials, the PKK perpetrated a car bomb attack that took place on Thursday in the western city of İzmir. The PKK, which has been fighting against Turkey for Kurdish autonomy, has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

More than 40,000 people are believed to have died in Turkey’s decades-long struggle against the PKK.

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