Militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey have killed five Turkish soldiers in an ambush in the troubled southeast of the country, local media reported on Friday, July 29, 2016.
The soldiers were attacked while on patrol in Hakkari province on the road between Hakkari city and the town of Cukurca, Dogan news agency reported.
Eight soldiers were also wounded in the attack close to the border with northern Iraq, the agency said.
Turkish security forces were engaged in a large-scale military operation in Hakkari to target Kurdish militants in the area earlier this month.
Attacks against Turkish military personnel intensified since the collapse of a two-and-a-half-year ceasefire last July, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of security forces.
The government has conducted military operations against the group in the region’s towns and cities in an attempt to rid urban areas of fighters in recent months.
Activists claim that innocent civilians have also been caught up in the renewed conflict.
Nearly 40,000 people have been killed since the PKK insurgency began in 1984.
The group is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as by the European Union and the United States.