Turkey called for a Nato meeting to discuss military operations against Daesh and Kurdish separatists PKK on Sunday. A car bomb struck a military vehicle in southeast Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding four others in an attack blamed on PKK, authorities said Sunday, a day after Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish insurgents in northern Iraq.
The Kurdish rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, has said the airstrikes likely spelled the end of a cease-fire announced in 2013. Turkey has simultaneously bombed Daesh positions near the Turkish border in Syria and carried out widespread police operations against suspected Kurdish and Daesh militants and other outlawed groups inside Turkey. Hundreds of people have been detained.
The private Dogan news agency said that Turkish artillery based near the southeastern border town of Semdinli shelled PKK targets across the frontier in northern Iraq for three hours early Sunday. There was no official confirmation of the report.
The car bomb exploded late Saturday on a road in the town of Lice as a vehicle carrying military police officers was traveling to intervene against Kurds who had blocked a main intersection and set cars on fire, said the governor’s office in Diyarbakir, a mainly Kurdish province.
The military said the PKK militants also detonated a roadside bomb and fired on the troops in the attack it called a “treacherously pre-planned” ambush. The military statement said a large-scale operation was underway to capture the attackers.