[UPDATE] 3 soldiers killed, 3 injured in clash with PKK in Şırnak

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

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and three others injured in a clash with militants from the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Şırnak on Friday.

The clash took place when PKK terrorists opened fire on soldiers who were conducting a military operation in the Andaç neighborhood of Uludere on Friday morning. Two soldiers were killed and two injured during the clash.

Additional troops have been dispatched to the area, while a large-scale search has been launched to capture the PKK terrorists.

Another clash took place in the afternoon in the Bestler Dereler area, where one soldier was killed and one was injured.

According to a statement by the Şırnak Governor’s Office, 36 terrorists have been killed during operations in the province in the last 3 days.

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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