Twelve Soldiers Die in Latest Attacks in Southeastern Turkey

Southeast Europe | August 20, 2015, Thursday // 08:34|  views

A picture made available on 19 August show a smoke rising during armed clashes between Turksih soldiers and PKK militants at Lice district in Diyarbakir on 18 August 2015. Photo: EPA

Twelve soldiers were killed in the latest series of attacks against security officials in southeastern Turkey.

An improvised roadside bomb targeted an armoured vehicle, claiming the lives of eight soldiers on the Siirt-Pervari motorway in Siirt province on Wednesday.

The military suspects that the attack was carried out by members of a separatist terrorist organisation, most probably the armed forces of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Another four soldiers were killed after gunfight with PKK militants in Diyarbakir province, Anadolu Agency reports.

More than forty Turkish servicemen have been killed in the past month as fighting with militants has escalated since the bombing in the town of Suruc on July 20.

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