Posted on August 1, 2016 by Editorial Staff in PKK
Kurdish PKK fighters in Turkish Kurdistan. Photo: pkk/sm
ANKARA,— Militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) killed four Turkish soldiers Sunday in two separate attacks, local media reported.
Three soldiers were killed during a military operation in Ordu, located on the Black Sea coast in northeastern Turkey, the province’s governor said in comments carried by private Dogan news agency.
Irfan Balkanlioglu said the soldiers were shot by PKK militants and two others were injured, Dogan, said. The operation, in Mesudiye district, was continuing.
In another attack, one soldier was killed and six were wounded in clashes with PKK militants in the southeastern province of Hakkari, the army said in a statement.
One soldier was seriously wounded, the army added. The state-run Anadolu news agency reported the clashes occurred in Altinsu district.
The fatalities occurred two days after eight Turkish soldiers were killed in fighting with Kurdish militants, the deadliest attack on the military since the failed July 15 coup.
The attempted power grab saw a rogue group within the armed forces try to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has retaliated with a massive purge of the military.
More than 600 Turkish security force members have been killed by the PKK in attacks since the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in July last year, according to a toll given by Anadolu.
PKK says 2,982 Turkish police and soldiers have been killed since last year.
The government has responded with military operations against the guerrilla group, killing more than 7,000 militants in Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan, the agency said. PKK says only 442 Kurdish guerrillas have been killed since July 2015.
Since July 2015, Turkey initiated a controversial military campaign against the PKK in the country’s southeastern Kurdish region after Ankara ended a two-year ceasefire agreement. Since the beginning of the campaign, Ankara has imposed several round-the-clock curfews, preventing civilians from fleeing regions where the military operations are being conducted.
Observers say the crackdown has taken a heavy toll on the Kurdish civilian population and accuse Turkey of using collective punishment against the minority.
Pro-Kurdish opposition political parties say about 1,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, have perished in the fighting, since the Turkish offensive against the PKK centred in towns and cities in Turkish Kurdistan.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 against the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to push for greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority who make up around 22.5 million of the country’s 78-million population. A large Turkey’s Kurdish community openly sympathise with PKK rebels.