Landmine explosion wounds seven soldiers in southeast Turkey

The incident occurred in the Nusaybin area of Mardin province, near the border with Syria, during a military patrol, according to the General Staff website.

Landmine explosion wounds seven soldiers in southeast Turkey

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Seven Turkish soldiers including a battalion commander were wounded on Monday when their armoured vehicle drove over a land mine in southeast Turkey, the military said.

It did not say who planted the mine, or when, but Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have carried out such attacks on military vehicles in the past. The wounded were hospitalised and the gravity of their injuries was not immediately known.

The incident occurred in the Nusaybin area of Mardin province, near the border with Syria, during a military patrol, according to the General Staff website.

A two-year-old peace process between the government and the PKK takes a new turn three decades after the militants launched an insurgency in southeast Turkey, according to the latest government and Kurdish officials.

In October, dozens were killed during unrest in the region fuelled by pro-PKK Kurds claiming the government failed to help Syrian Kurds fighting ISIL in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's southern border.

The violence has complicated efforts to end the PKK'S 30-year-old insurgency, in which more than 40,000 people have been killed. The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and European Union.

However, talks between the government and pro-Kurdish politicians have gathered pace of late.

"We have left behind a period of crisis," Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Sirri Sureyya Onder told reporters after meeting Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan on Monday.

"This does not mean that all problems have been solved... We have reached agreement on the things we will discuss and the method we will use."

Writing on his Twitter account, Akdogan subsequently said: "The process is continuing with strong political will and determination. Talks have accelerated to achieve a final result on the basis of trust and good intent."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Aralık 2014, 16:09

Muhammed Öylek

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