09:28 GMT02 June 2020
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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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