Two Turkish soldiers, police officer killed in fresh clashes with PKK

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Turkish security forces guard the road leading to the Kurdish town of Cizre. File photo

ARA News 

CIZRE – At least three Turkish security forces were killed and several more wounded in clashes with rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey’s Kurdish southeast, officials said on Saturday.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and three others wounded when PKK rebels opened fire on their vehicle in the southeastern Kurdish town of Cizre near the Syrian border, according to army officials. 

This coincided with a security operation by the Turkish troops in Cizre under the pretext of pursuing PKK affiliates in the town. 

Also on Saturday, a Turkish police officer was killed and another wounded during clashes with PKK fighters in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey.  

The Turkish authorities have imposed a curfew on major towns and villages in the Kurdish provinces of Diyarbakir and Şırnak subsequent to clashes with the PKK rebels. 

Violence resumed between Turkey and the Kurdish fighters of the PKK last July, breaking a two-year ceasefire between the conflicting sides that has been reached after negotiations between the Turkish government and the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. The PKK-Turkey conflict has claimed lives of more than 40,000 people over three decades. 

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri 

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