Clashes hit Turkey’s east as PKK intensifies attacks

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Turkish army forces. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Clashes broke out on Sunday between Turkish army forces and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Kars province in eastern Turkey. At least one Turkish soldier was killed and others injured during the clashes, army sources reported. 

The clashes took place in Kağızman sub-district of Kars province.

“One of our soldiers was killed and few others wounded during the clashes. While our forces killed at least three PKK militants,” Turkish army said in a statement on Sunday. 

This comes one day after PKK fighters bombed a Turkish military convoy in the Bingol district near Karliova, killing three soldiers and wounding six others. 

Over the last few weeks, Kurdish fighters of the PKK launched a series of attacks on Turkish military and security forces southeast the country in response to the airstrikes launched by Turkish warplanes on the group’s positions in northern Iraq. 

According to Turkey’s General Staff, at least 39 soldiers have been killed in the PKK-led attacks in the past weeks. 

On the other hand, the PKK has lost more than 200 fighters under Turkish airstrikes. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News 

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