2 Turkish soldiers killed in blast in southeast Turkey

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Two Turkish soldiers were killed in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Friday when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a remoted-controlled explosive, security sources said.

A third soldier and one civilian were also wounded in the attack, which occurred around 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) near the town of Lice in Diyarbakir province, they said.

Security officials blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a 27-year campaign against the Turkish state in which 40,000 people, mainly Kurds, have died.

Explosives were buried in a road near military barracks and were set off by remote control when the vehicle carrying soldiers passed, the officials said.

Turkey, the European Union and the United States all list the PKK as a “terrorist” organisation.

The PKK, based mainly in northern Iraq, has scaled back its demands for a Kurdish homeland for Turkey’s 14 million Kurds to greater cultural rights and political autonomy.

Reuters

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2 responses to “2 Turkish soldiers killed in blast in southeast Turkey”

  1. 73Corty77 Avatar
    73Corty77

    I hope the Turkish government goes through what Syria is going through. Most Kurd’s in Turkey support the Syrian government. If Turkey wants to assist in the chaos in Syria, well Syria will do the same in their country. I just feel sorry for the innocent people who will get caught up in the middle of it. 

  2. 73Corty77 Avatar
    73Corty77

    I hope the Turkish government goes through what Syria is going through. Most Kurd’s in Turkey support the Syrian government. If Turkey wants to assist in the chaos in Syria, well Syria will do the same in their country. I just feel sorry for the innocent people who will get caught up in the middle of it. 

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