Fighting in Turkey’s Kurdish Southeast Kills 20 Militants, Two Soldiers

Three Turkish soldiers and four Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were killed on Monday during clashes in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast region, security sources said.

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Oct 3 – Fighting in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast has killed 20 militants and two soldiers, security sources said on Monday.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels in the mountainous Daglica area of Hakkari province, which borders Iraq, detonated explosives on a road as a military vehicle passed, killing two soldiers and wounding a third, the sources said.

Separately, soldiers killed a total of 20 PKK fighters in two days of operations in the Beytussebap region of neighbouring Sirnak province, according to a statement from the governor’s office and information provided by security sources.

The autonomy-seeking PKK, deemed a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union, took up arms in 1984, and more than 40,000 people, mainly Kurds, have died in the conflict since then.

A ceasefire in Turkey’s southeast collapsed last year, and thousand of rebels, soldiers and police and civilians have died in the ensuing violence.

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