Five members of the security forces were injured yesterday in southeastern Turkey when their vehicle hit a landmine believed to have been planted by outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a local security source said. The incident near the town of Şemdinli, in Hakkari province on the border with Iraq and Iran, injured four soldiers and a "vilage guard", a government-armed Kurdish militia supporting the army against the PKK, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The PKK frequently uses remote-control landmines to attack the security forces.
Turkey has stepped up military action against the PKK since December, carrying out air strikes plus a week-long ground incursion in February into northern Iraq, where it says more than 2,000 PKK rebels have taken refuge. The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and several Western countries, has been fighting for self-rule in the east and southeast since 1984. The conflict has claimed more than 37,000 lives.