At least seven soldiers were killed in the eastern city of Tunceli Tuesday evening when their armored truck drove past explosives detonated by PKK terrorists. Seven soldiers were killed and one civilian was injured in the bombing which took place at around six p.m. on the Tunceli-Erzincan highway in the Atatürk district.
The previously placed explosives were remotely detonated by PKK terrorists just as an armored military vehicle which was providing security for a civilian plated minibus carrying military personnel passed by. The highly explosive blast resulted in setting two vehicles on fire.
Firefighters from the Tunceli Municipality quickly extinguished the fire as ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion. The initial death toll from the blast is seven soldiers killed in the line of duty and one civilian wounded.
The attack comes just one week after PKK fighters killed 10 soldiers and wounded at least 60 last when they fired rockets at a military convoy travelling between the provinces of Bingöl and Muş, also in eastern Turkey.