Turkish soldier killed in mortar attack in country's southeast
Turkish armed forces photo.One soldier was killed and one was injured in a mortar attack on a military base in the southeastern province of Hakkari today.
Mortar rounds fired from the Iraqi side of the border fell on a battalion headquarters located in Hakkari's Derecik district at around 2:40 p.m., killing one soldier and injuring another.
Security forces responded to the attack, with artillery pieces in a nearby military outpost shelling the location where the mortar rounds were fired. Cobra gunships patrolled the area, while witnesses said they saw two Turkish warplanes flying towards Iraq.
One major and two lieutenants were killed earlier today when a military personnel carrier was ambushed by suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southern province of Hatay near Turkey's border with Syria.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.