Eight Turkish soldiers killed in PKK-led attack in Siirt

The Turkish army blamed Wednesday's attack on the PKK

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Eight Turkish soldiers were killed Wednesday when an explosion hit an army envoy in Siirt province in southeastern Turkey, officials said.

The Turkish General Command said in a statement that an explosive device detonated at an army envoy that was heading from Siirt to Barwari, killing at least eight soldiers.

The statement accused members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of being behind the attack. 

Also on Wednesday, PKK gunmen reportedly opened fire on a Turkish police station in central Istanbul. A police officer was wounded, according to Turkish media sources. 

“Three PKK militants opened fire on a police station near the German consulate in Istanbul. One police officer was injured during the attack,” a local media source said, adding that two of the gunmen were arrested following the attack and revealed their affiliation with the PKK.

This comes amid intensified Turkish airstrikes on PKK positions in northern Iraq that has killed more than 200 Kurdish fighters in two weeks. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News 

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