PKK militants killed six Turkish soldiers in a night attack close to the border with Iraq, military officials said on Tuesday.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants opened fire on an army unit, triggering a firefight which lasted until morning in the Cukurca area of Hakkari province.
Helicopters flew in reinforcements from a commando barracks in Hakkari. A day earlier, in the same area, 11 soldiers were wounded when their minibus struck a roadside bomb.
In a separate attack on Tuesday, one soldier died after his unit opened fire on a group of militants in Van province, security sources said.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan announced last week plans to create special units to combat militants along the border with Iraq. The plans envisage building 150 new military outposts along the frontier.
AgenciesGüncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2010, 17:22