Turkish Armed Forces photo
Six soldiers were wounded today in Van when their
military vehicle was hit by a remote-controlled bomb as they were heading to an
area that was recently hit by a landmine placed on a railway by suspected
members of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK).
The first blast occurred at around 2.30 p.m. on a railway
between the Keçikayası and Çaybağı villages in the eastern province's Saray
district, causing a freight train to derail. The crew of the train was not
injured, but four wagons were damaged in the blast.
The militants remotely detonated the second bomb 500
meters away from the site of the first blast as the military vehicle was coming
to investigate the scene.
One solider with heavy injures were reportedly taken to
Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Hospital with a helicopter, while the other wounded
soldiers were rushed to Van Military Hospital.
An operation has been launched to apprehend the
Meanwhile, state official Ubeydullah Sancar, who was
kidnapped by three PKK militants from his house in the southeastern province of
Diyarbakır on Aug. 17, has reportedly been released. Sancar was reported to be
in good condition, reports said.