PKK fighters. File photo
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Urfa, Turkey – At least five Turkish security and military forces were killed Monday in two separate attacks conducted by members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the provinces of Şırnak and Hakkari, southeast Turkey.
PKK-linked activists of the YDG-H bombed a Turkish security vehicle with an improvised explosive device in the city of Silopi in Şırnak province, causing the death of four security members.
Also on Monday, PKK fighters targeted a Turkish military helicopter near the Beytuşşabab town in Hakkari province, local sources told ARA News.
At least one Turkish soldier was killed and several others injured during the attack.
Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish journalist Rezan Hamo commented on the developments saying: “PKK has intensified its operations against the Turkish army and security forces in response to the recent airstrikes on their positions in the region.”
“This is an attempt by the party to put pressure on the Turkish authorities to respond to the call of PKK’s leader Abdullah Öcalan to stop all military operations and return to the table of negotiations,” Hamo said.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News