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Five Turkish soldiers killed in roadside bombing, attack on helicopter

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Mon Aug 10 2015, 4:03 pm

istanbul3Five Turkish soldiers were killed and another wounded in a roadside landmine explosion and armed attack in southeastern Sirnak Province, bordering Iraq and Syria on Monday.

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.

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