3 Turkish soldiers killed by roadside bombs planted by PKK terrorists in Tunceli

Published 22.04.2016 11:14
Updated 22.04.2016 13:09

Three Turkish soldiers died, and many others were wounded on Friday after bombs planted by PKK terrorists exploded in southeastern Tunceli province.

According to reports, the terrorists detonated the remote-controlled explosives as armoured military vehicles were passing through Göktepe Village along the Tunceli-Elazığ highway.

Ambulances have reportedly been dispatched to the scene of the explosion.

Renewed violence in Turkey has come in the wake of the July 20 Suruç bombing which was allegedly carried out by Daesh and left dozens of people dead. The subsequent PKK-linked murder of two Turkish police officers at their home sparked a new wave of conflict in the country.

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.

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