A number of Turkish soldiers are reported to have been killed in a terror attack carried out by PKK militants in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari.
The soldiers were reportedly killed when PKK militants detonated a roadside mine in the Yuksekova district of Hakkari as two armoured vehicles were passing.
After the blast, a gun battle erupted leaving many Turkish soldiers dead and injured, Hakkari Mayor Yakup Canbolat confirmed to Turkish news agency IHA by telephone.
The attack took place on Sunday evening at 9 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) in the Daglica area as the soldiers were heading towards Hakkari’s Cukurca district.
Unconfirmed reports have put the number of soldiers killed at nine, including a colonel.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called an emergency meeting with top security officials in Ankara to discuss the situation in the area, which has seen three straight days of clashes.
The PKK has increased attacks and killed 80 security officers and over 20 civilians since its umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) announced on July 11 that a ceasefire with the Turkish government had ended.
PKK terror attacks also include kidnappings and damage to public and private property mostly in Turkey’s southeast.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US and NATO.