Three members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group were killed by Turkish security forces in the country’s southeast near the border with Iraq, local media reported.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the Anadolu news agency citing an anonymous military source, the militants were planning to attack a military base. The security forces also seized an anti-tank mine and improvised explosive devices, the media outlet reported Sunday.
Tensions between Ankara and the PKK escalated in July 2015 when a ceasefire between the sides collapsed over a series of terror attacks allegedly committed by the PKK members. Turkish authorities have imposed several round-the-clock curfews in Kurdish-populated towns in country's southeast, preventing civilians from fleeing the regions where the military operations are taking place.
An estimated 700 Turkish military forces and police have been killed in clashes with the PKK since last summer, with over six thousand deaths among the Kurds, according to the General Staff's figures.
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