2 soldiers killed in clashes with PKK

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Relatives mourn during the funeral ceremony for Infantry Lieutenant Muhammet İsmail Kaya, who was killed during an attack allegedly claimed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the town of Uludere in Sirnak, at the Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara on April 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Two Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in Diyarbakır and Şırnak provinces on Saturday.

Another two soldiers were injured in skirmishes in the Kulp district of Diyarbakır province.
Three Turkish soldiers were also killed and three others injured in a clash with militants of the PKK in Şırnak on Friday.

Also on Friday, Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes against PKK targets in the Avaşin-Basyan and Zap regions of northern Iraq.

According to a statement from the Şırnak Governor’s Office on Friday, 36 terrorists have been killed during operations in the province in the last three 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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