Turkey: 1 soldier martyred, 23 PKK killed in southeast

ANKARA (AA) – One soldier has been martyred and three others injured during anti-terrorism operations in southeastern Turkey, according to military sources.

According to security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity with Anadolu Agency due to restrictions on talking to the media, the incident happened in Cukurca district of Hakkari province near the Iraqi border on Tuesday.

Twenty-three PKK terrorists were also killed in ongoing army operations in several southeastern Turkish provinces, according to army and security sources.

The Turkish General Staff issued a written statement on Tuesday saying the terrorists were killed in Sirnak, Mardin, Diyarbakir and Hakkari provinces.

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

The PKK — listed as a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and the EU — resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July.

Since then, more than 400 members of the security forces have been martyred and more than 3,700 PKK terrorists killed.