Five Turkish soldiers killed in roadside bombing, attack on helicopter
By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Mon Aug 10 2015, 4:03 pm
The governor’s office of Sirnak confirming the incident in Silopi district said in a statement that the roadside bomb was detonated with a remote control at around 09:00 am.
“A large-scale operation has been launched to find the perpetrators of this terrorist attack,” the statement added.
In a separate incident, a Turkish soldier lost live when a helicopter came under attack in Beytussebap District of the Sirnak province.
The attack has been blamed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist designated organization by Turkey, US and the EU, has been fighting for self-rule.
“He was severely wounded in the attack carried out by PKK [outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party] terrorists on the military chopper at 7.05 a.m. [0400 GMT]; he died at 9.45 a.m. [0645 GMT] despite efforts to save his life at a military hospital in Sirnak,” the Turkish military said in a statement.
PKK began fighting for self-rule in 1984 and around 40,000 people have been killed since in the fighting since then.
Turkish government and PKK’s imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan initiated a peace process in 2012 but the attacks have halted that process.