A bomb explosion has hit Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari Province, leaving four soldiers dead and four others injured.
Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News website reported that the blast took place in Hakkari’s Yuksekova district on Wednesday and the wounded soldiers were taken to hospital.
The provincial governor’s office blamed the incident on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and said that a large number of armored vehicles were dispatched to the region to capture the perpetrators of the bombing.
Over the past few years, Turkey has seen a rise in terror attacks targeting civilians and security forces. Most of the assaults were claimed either by the PKK militants or Daesh terrorists.
Turkey has banned the PKK as a terrorist organization. The militant group has been calling for an autonomous Kurdish region since 1984. The conflict has left more than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, dead.
A shaky ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK that had stood since 2013 was declared null and void by the militants in 2015 in the wake of a large-scale Turkish military campaign against the group. Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since.
Turkish air force has been carrying out operations against PKK positions in the country’s troubled southeastern border region as well as in northern Iraq and neighboring Syria.