ANKARA – TDN with wire dispatches
A landmine explosion in the southeastern province of Şırnak killed a soldier and injured eight others, it was reported yesterday.
The Şırnak governor's office said a landmine believed to have been planted by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, exploded near a military vehicle. The landmine exploded as a military convoy was passing a road linking the towns of Cizre and Şırnak.
The statement did not say how badly hurt the injured were.
The Turkish military earlier reported that it struck a PKK base in neighboring Iraq over the weekend. The army launched an operation against the PKK in the area after the blast.
Landmine attacks against the security forces have recently become a hallmark of PKK violence in southeastern Turkey.
Nine soldiers died in a landmine ambush in Erzincan province on Aug. 11.
Two soldiers were also wounded in the blast near a bridge in Kemah district, where the mine was detonated by remote control as a military vehicle passed along a country road.
The military has initiated a series of cross-border attacks into northern Iraq since late last year in response to escalating PKK attacks. Using U.S. intelligence, the military has struck PKK bases located in northern Iraq, from which the PKK used to launch hit-and-run attacks.
The PKK, regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms against Turkey in 1984 with the aim of establishing a separate homeland in the southeast of the country.Some 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.