Eight Turkish Troops Killed In Clashes with PKK

Eight Turkish Troops Killed In Clashes with PKK

 Eight members of the Turkish security forces were killed in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Thursday (November 2) in Turkey's restive southeast, the army said.

Six soldiers and two military security guards died while two soldiers were wounded -- one heavily -- after fighting broke out in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province that borders Iraq, the armed forces said in a statement.

The military reported it had killed five members of the "separatist terror organization", Turkey's official term for the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

The armed forces said PKK fighters were "trying to benefit from the heavy fog and bad weather conditions" to launch an attack.

The military operations in the region continue, the army said.

The PKK's three-decade armed struggle against the Turkish government flared up again in 2015 after the collapse of a two-year cease-fire and settlement process, plunging Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast back into open conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has continued for over 25 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives.