Three Turkish soldiers killed in land mine blast
A land mine believed to have been planted by Kurdish rebels killed three soldiers in southeastern Turkey, and two other land mines injured seven people in separate explosions, reports and officials said Saturday.
The soldiers were killed when a military vehicle on patrol struck a land mine near the town of Semdinli, in Hakkari province, where the borders of Turkey, Iran and Iraq converge, Gov. Erdogan Gurbuz said. At least eight soldiers were injured, he said.
On Saturday, two soldiers were injured after stepping on a land mine near the town of Cukurca, in Hakkari, while five civilians riding in a truck were injured when they also hit a mine in nearby Sirnak province, <i>Anatolia</i> reported.