Eight Turkish soldiers killed in roadside explosion
A Turkish military convoy patrols a highway near the border with Iraq in October 2011. (AFP/Mustafa Ozer)
At least eight Turkish soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack in southeastern Siirt province, the governor's office said Wednesday.
The soldiers fell martyr when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised roadside bomb on the Siirt-Pervari highway in Siirt province.
In a statement on its website, the Turkish General Staff said the bomb was detonated by remote control at around 2.10 p.m. local time (1110GMT).
The military attributed the attack to "members of a separatist terrorist organization" - the term generally reserved by the Armed Forces for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terror organization in Turkey, the U.S. and EU.
The group stepped up attacks against security forces last month and is held responsible for more than 40 personnel's falling martyr since the July 20 Suruc bombing in southern Turkey.