One Turkish soldier killed, three wounded in PKK attack in northern Iraq - Defence Ministry

The Turkish Defence Ministry said one Turkish soldier was killed and three others wounded in an attack by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq’s Haftanin region on April 24.

The ministry said Turkey had, in turn, "neutralised" 12 members of the PKK. The Turkish government and military commonly use the term "neutralise" to mean killing or capturing enemy combatants.  

"Turkish Air Forces elements and our fire support combat vehicles responded [to the attack] by destroying the PKK targets,’’ the ministry said.

Turkey and the PKK have been engaged in a decades-long conflict in the country’s southeast, which has seen more than 40,000 killed. 

The PKK, which maintains its headquarters in the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq, has been labelled a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.