One soldier killed in clashes with PKK in Hakkari

June 25, 2012, Monday/ 10:39:00/ TODAYSZAMAN.COM

One soldier was killed and three others were wounded in a clash with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Hakkari on Sunday.

According to a statement released by the Hakkari Governor’s Office on Monday, the clash took place in the Kavaklı region of Hakkari province at around at 10 p.m. on Sunday. The statement added that operations against the terrorist organization in the region are continuing.

The PKK, which is fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish Southeast, was founded on Marxist ideology. Turkey has been conducting airstrikes on PKK camps in Iraq’s northern mountains and inside Turkey since August of last year, following an increase in attacks on Turkish troops and civilians by the PKK.

The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives. The group is labeled a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States, which has supplied Predator drones to assist Turkey.

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