3 soldiers, 2 PKK members killed in Diyarbakır

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Three Turkish soldiers and two terrorists from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were killed during clashes in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Wednesday, the Doğan news agency has reported.

According to the report, two security force members were also injured during the skirmishes in the Lice district of Diyarbakır.

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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