ANKARA (Sputnik) — Four Turkish soldiers were killed and nine were wounded in a bomb explosion carried out by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey, the country's General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.
The General Staff reported that the bomb had been detonated in the afternoon on the Semdinli-Aktutun road in the Hakkari province.
"As a result of the explosion of the improvised explosive device, detonated by the members of the separatist terrorist organization [PKK], an armored vehicle was hit. Four soldiers were killed, nine were injured," the General Staff said.
Violence in Turkey escalated in mid-2015, when the Turkish government launched a military campaign against the PKK, which is considered to be a terrorist organization by Ankara, in the country's southeast that have a predominately Kurdish population.