PKK attack in Hakkari leaves 2 civilians dead

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Two civilians were killed when terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants detonated a bomb as a vehicle was passing by in the Şemdinli district of Hakkari province on Monday, the Milliyet daily reported.

According to the report, improvised explosives that were previously planted on a road were detonated as a civilian vehicle drove by in the village of Altınsu, where a curfew has been imposed.

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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