2 civilians killed in PKK attack on armored vehicles

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Two civilians were killed on Tuesday when the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) carried out an attack on military vehicles traveling on the Diyarbakır-Batman highway, the Diken news website reported.

PKK militants used homemade explosives to attack two military vehicles that were on the move in the Başaklı neighborhood of Çınar and killed two contractors inside the vehicles, which were being driven from Ankara to Siirt province.

Three road workers were killed in a PKK attack in Turkey’s southeastern province of Şırnak on Monday.

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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