Turkish media reported on Thursday that a Turkish specialist sergeant died following a land mine blast in the southeastern province of Şırnak; however, according to a statement released by the General Staff, the officer was killed by remote-controlled explosives detonated by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Spc. Sgt. Musa Sumay (28) died after PKK terrorists detonated a remote-controlled explosives during a road safety patrol in Şırnak's Uludere district on Thursday, according to the statement.
Sumay was badly injured in the explosion and was taken to the Şırnak Military Hospital by helicopter, where he later died. A security check in the area was carried out by the Şırnak military base following the incident.
The statement added that PKK terrorists opened harassing fire at the military units in Şırnak's Düğün Mountains on Friday morning. Armed forces immediately responded to the harassing fire and there were no casualties, read the statement.
The incident took place almost a year after the settlement process started with PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan's message on March 21, 2013, declaring that the PKK would no longer continue its armed struggle.