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3 soldiers killed, 5 injured in land mine explosion in Şırnak

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Three soldiers were killed and five others were injured when a mine believed to have been planted by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists exploded during a military operation in Şırnak’s Mount Küpeli area on Tuesday.

The injured soldiers were taken to Şırnak State Hospital for treatment.

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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