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Three Turkish Soldiers, 17 Kurdish Militants Killed During Clashes

© AP PhotoTurkish soldiers patrol near the border with Syria, ouside the village of Elbeyli, east of the town of Kilis, southeastern Turkey
Turkish soldiers patrol near the border with Syria, ouside the village of Elbeyli, east of the town of Kilis, southeastern Turkey - Sputnik International
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Three Turkish soldiers and 17 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants died in clashes in the southeast province of Hakkari, the Turkish General Staff said Saturday.

ANKARA (Sputnik) – It added that 17 "terrorists" have been killed in ongoing shootouts.

"On October 17, 2015, three soldiers have been killed and one critically injured in the Daglica region in an operation; additionally, six soldiers have been wounded," the General Staff said in a statement.

Previous reports claimed armed militants attacked the Hakkari airport building, but law enforcement officials guarding the building thwarted their advance.

Tensions in Turkey escalated in mid-summer when the country launched a military campaign against PKK in northern Iraq, after the militant group claimed responsibility for the murders of two Turkish police officers who they claim had aligned themselves with Islamic State.

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