Baku, May 13, AZERTAC
Eight Turkish soldiers have reportedly been killed in clashes with PKK terrorists on Friday in Turkey's southeastern Hakkari province, according to Daily Sabah.
According to a statement released by the General Staff, six soldiers were killed and eight others were injured in clashes with PKK terrorists at Çığlı military zone in Çukurca district located in Hakkari province.
Less than an hour later, a gunship helicopter was sent to the region in response to the clash, but it crashed due to a technical fault, killing two pilots, the statement added.
15 PKK terrorists have reportedly been killed in southeastern Şırnak province in earlier clashes that resulted in loss of 8 soldiers, the military said.
On Thursday, four PKK terrorists were killed while loading explosives onto a truck in southeastern Diyarbakir province, hours after a separate blast targeting the military in Istanbul wounded eight.
The Turkish government has intensified its counterterror operations following the recent attacks carried out by the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey.