Turkish soldier killed, two wounded in clash with PKK in southeast Turkey

One Turkish soldier was killed and two wounded in a clash with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s southeastern Diyarbakır province, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

The clash took place in Diyarbakır’s rural region of Lice, the ministry said, noting that the gendarmerie officer heavily wounded in the incident died after being taken to a hospital for treatment.

The operation against the PKK in the southeast of the country is ongoing, the ministry added.

The PKK, designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union, has been fighting an armed insurgency against the Turkish state for almost four decades. Tens of thousands of people, mostly ethnic Kurds based in Turkey, have died in the conflict.

At least 164 PKK militants were neutralised in operations across Turkey in December, according to data compiled by the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkish authorities use the term "neutralised" to imply the people in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.