Turkish soldier killed, six others wounded in attacks in south east

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 23, 2016 5:46 AM

DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - A Turkish soldier was killed in an armed attack in Nusaybin in Turkey's south east and six were wounded in an ambush on a police vehicle, the armed forces and other security sources said on Saturday.

The six were wounded when an explosive was detonated as a military vehicle passed on the road to Mazidagi, another town in Mardin province, security sources said, adding that clashes followed.

In Nusaybin the soldier was injured having been attacked by members of the "separatist terrorist organization" during operations against the group, and was taken to hospital. He could not be saved and died by 1100 local time (0800 GMT), a statement from the armed forces said.

A ceasefire between the militant group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the state collapsed last July and attacks on Turkey's security forces have since increased amid a surge in violence in the predominantly Kurdish southeast that has killed hundreds of people.

The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan and Dasha Afanasieva; Additional reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Toby Chopra)