President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack carried out by the PKK in Hakkari's Dağlıca district, which resulted in the death of 16 troops and said that such attacks will never achieve their goals.
According to a press statement released by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, Erdoğan said that terrorist attacks targeting the unity, fraternity, brotherhood and future of the nation will never succeed.
"I believe that the Turkish nation will maintain a united and determined stance against attacks that aim to damage peace, security and stability of the country" the Turkish President said, and offered condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers, as well as the Turkish nation as a whole.
In a live interview held on A Haber Channel on Sunday, the president underscored that Turkey would take a more determined and firmer stance against the PKK.
"We will continue this struggle till the end" President Erdoğan said, emphasizing that Turkey will continue its operations against the PKK terrorists, and noted that 2,000 terrorists have been killed so far.
PKK terrorists targeted Turkish soldiers in a landmine attack late Sunday in the town of Dağlıca of Turkey's eastern Hakkari province, wounding and killing several soldiers, according to security sources. An operation backed by helicopters was immediately launched after the attack, in which 13 PKK targets were heavily bombed by F-16 and F-4 aircrafts in southeastern Turkey, security sources said.
The incident took place on a road in the town of Dağlıca Sunday evening, as two armed vehicles belonging to Turkish soldiers were crossing.
16 soldiers were killed in the attack according to security sources, although Turkish security officials have not released an official statement yet.
Turkey has been hit by violence since a suicide bomb attack by a suspected ISIS supporter killed 32 activists in Suruç on July 20.
The Turkish government has intensified its counterterror operations following the recent attacks carried out by the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey.
Formed in 1978, the terrorist group has been fighting the Turkish government for an independent state until the early 2000's. The group then shifted its goal to autonomy in predominately Kurdish inhabited regions of Turkey.
The PKK announced on July 11 that the cease-fire which was declared via a message from the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in 2013 has ended.
Turkish security forces have arrested hundreds of people with suspected links to ISIS, the PKK, and leftist groups, detaining over 1,300 people across the country, according to a recent statement released by the Prime Minister's Office.
The Turkish Air Force has been carrying airstrikes against the PKK in northern Iraq and the ISIS terrorists in northern Syria.
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