Six Turkish security forces were killed on Friday after an attack by Kurdish militants in the southeastern province of Siirt in Turkey, the governor’s office said in a statement.
Three other village guards and four soldiers were wounded while they were providing safety during road construction,according to the statement. Those killed were also village guards — locals employed to combat Kurdish militants.
#BREAKING: Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters staged an attack at a military base in southeast #Turkey’s Siirt province, killing five Turkish soldiers and wounding seven, security sources said on Friday.#TwitterKurds pic.twitter.com/t7FBVHvLUC
— Kurdistan 24 English (@K24English) March 30, 2018
The governorate did not give further details on the attack but blamed the “separatist terrorist organisation” — Turkey’s official term for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The office said that a wide operation was underway to “neutralise the PKK terrorists who launched the attack.”
The PKK has been waging an insurgency in the southeast since 1984 and is proscribed as a terror organisation by Ankara and its Western allies. Fighting in the region intensified between Turkish security forces and the PKK after the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in 2015.