Two soldiers killed in clashes in SE Turkey
Two soldiers were killed in clashes with suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Şırnak yesterday, daily Hürriyet reported.
Clashes occurred in the Mehmet Mountains between Şırnak's
Uludere and Beytüşşebap districts when security forces came into contact with
PKK militants during an operation.
Specialist Sgt. Hasan Erzi was reportedly killed by gunshots from the militants while another specialist sergeant, Cevdet Özdemir, died after he fell from a cliff.
The bodies of both soldiers were sent to Diyarbakır Military Hospital for an autopsy.
Additional security forces were sent to the area, while helicopters have strafed regions where the militants are thought to be.
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.