Ten members of the Turkish security forces were killed in two separate attacks in southeastern Turkey on Monday blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), local media reports.
Two soldiers and two village guards — locals employed to combat Kurdish militants — were killed and six others wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Mardin province, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.
The bomb, planted by the PKK, exploded when a vehicle carrying the forces passed by, it says. The authorities have launched an operation to hunt down the “terrorists” who fled, it adds.
In a separate incident, six Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with the PKK on a highway by the town of Uludere near the Iraqi border, the private Dogan news agency reports.
Another soldier is wounded in clashes that erupted at a checkpoint near a prison on the highway, according to Dogan.