Soldier Killed by PKK Landmine in Diyarbakir

One Turkish soldier was killed and eight others were injured when a landmine laid by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) went off on Friday.

Soldier Killed by PKK Landmine in Diyarbakir

A military vehicle hit a roadside landmine planted on a rural road of near the town of Lice in southeastern Turkey.

After the funeral, which was attended by Agriculture Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker and Diyarbakir Governor Efkan Ala attended, the soldiers's body was sent to his hometown Ankara.

A wide-scale operation has been launched by the security forces in the region to track down those responsible.

On Thursday, a Turkish military helicopter was shot down while trying to land in eastern Turkish city of Bingol, leaving one soldier dead and five others injured. The PKK later claimed the responsibility of the blast, as the Turkish chief of staff also confirmed that the blast was caused by a PKK-planted landmine.

With these latest two casualties, the number of Turkish security force personnel killed in PKK attacks since the end of the unilateral ceasefire in June 2004 has risen to 233.

As of Oct. 1, the PKK declared a unilateral "cease-fire", which was immediately rejected by Turkish government and army.

Blacklisted by the United States, the European Union, Canada, Britain and Australia, the outlawed PKK is blamed for the death of over 35,000 people in Turkey between 1984 and 1999. More than 4,000 were soldiers, and around 2,000 were police.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16