Posted on October 14, 2016 by Editorial Staff in PKK
PKK roadside bomb on Turkish soldiers in the Kurdish region. Photo: PKK/Youtube
HAKKARI, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Kurdish militants have detonated roadside bombs in two separate attacks in Turkish Kurdistan (southeastern Turkey), wounding 12 soldiers, Turkey’s state-run news agency said on Friday.
Eight Turkish soldiers were hurt when an improvised explosive device planted by the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, went off on a road in the province of Van as their military vehicle was passing by. Two of the soldiers are in serious condition, the Anadolu Agency said.
A similar attack on a military vehicle on a road in Hakkari wounded four other soldiers, the agency reported.
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. Activists have accused the security forces of causing huge destruction to urban centres and killing Kurdish civilians.
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 Kurdish community in Turkey and worldwide openly sympathise with PKK rebels.