Three Turkish soldiers killed in southeast Turkey

Published May 1st, 2016 - 08:36 GMT
People carry the coffin of a Turkish policeman during a funeral ceremony at the Kocatepe Mosque in the capital, Ankara, on April 8, 2016. (AFP/File)
People carry the coffin of a Turkish policeman during a funeral ceremony at the Kocatepe Mosque in the capital, Ankara, on April 8, 2016. (AFP/File)

Three soldiers have been killed during a military operation against the PKK in southeast Turkey on Sunday, a security source said.

The deaths took place in Mardin province's Nusaybin – a district on the Syrian border which has been the focus of counter-terrorism operations since March 14 – according to a security source speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

On Saturday, Turkish Armed Forces confirmed that one of its soldiers was martyred in Nusaybin district, adding that several militants in the southeast region were also killed on Friday. Six out of eight were killed in Nusaybin and two others were killed in Sirnak by Turkish security forces.

Explosives, illegal firearms and ammunition plus medical equipment were recovered.

Turkey's southeast has been the scene of significant military operations since late 2015, as the police and army seek to clear PKK militants from urban areas.

The PKK resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July. 


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