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Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack

Turkish soldiers load cargoes into a military helicopter as others walk towards them in Hakkari, Turkey on 30 December 2016 [Özkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency]
Turkish soldiers load cargoes into a military helicopter as others walk towards them in Hakkari, Turkey on 30 December 2016 [Özkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency]

Two soldiers were killed and another was wounded in an attack by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants which took place as the troops were carrying out security operations in the southeastern province of Hakkari, Reuters reported on Monday.

Separately, one soldier was killed and two others were wounded on Sunday in northern Iraq when a grenade detonated by accident, the military said. The wounded soldiers were not in critical condition, it added.

The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, Turkey and the European Union, has waged an insurgency against the state since the 1980s. Violence in the largely Kurdish southeast has escalated since the collapse of a ceasefire in 2015.

Read: PKK bomb kills Turkish soldier in Hakkari

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