Six soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on Saturday by PKK terrorists in the Nusaybin district of Mardin province, located in southeastern Turkey. Media reports said a bomb was detonated via remote control by members of the PKK terrorist organization, while soldiers were launching an operation into the building, which later collapsed as a result of the explosion.
Twelve PKK terrorists were killed in southeastern provinces, the military said on Saturday. In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said that two PKK terrorists were "neutralized" in the Nusaybin district of Mardin on April 1, which increased the total number of the terrorists killed there to 150.
In addition, six terrorists were also killed in Şırnak where 136 have died so far, the statement said. In the Yüksekova district of Hakkari province, three terrorists were also killed during operations, bringing the total number killed so far to 113, the army said. In the Belen district of Hatay province, one PKK terrorist was killed and his weapons and documents were seized, the statement added.
Several other weapons and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also seized during the operations, the statement added.
A PKK/Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorist who crossed the border from Syria to Şanlıurfa province surrendered to the authorities, the army said. Another PKK terrorist was held in Muş province, the statement added.
Tensions have been high in southeastern Turkey since the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the EU – ended a nearly two-year long ceasefire and resumed their 30-year armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.
Since then, over 350 members of the security forces were killed and thousands of PKK terrorists were killed in operations across Turkey and Northern Iraq. Turkey designates the PYD – the Syrian affiliate of the PKK – as a terrorist group.