Two soldiers killed as shells hit base in southeast Turkey

Two Turkish soldiers were killed, and two more wounded in Turkey’s southeast on Thursday after shelling by Kurdish militants from nearby northern Iraq, private Doğan news agency (DHA) said.

Authorities blamed the attack on the military base in Şemdinli, Hakkari province, on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The separatist PKK has been fighting the Turkish state since 1984 and is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

Another Turkish soldier was killed on Wednesday in a separate attack by the PKK in the eastern province of Ağrı, news outlets said.

Fighting has intensified between the PKK and Turkish security forces following the collapse of a two-and-a-half year ceasefire in July 2015.

The Turkish military launched an offensive into northern Syria on Jan. 20 against a Syrian Kurdish militia it says is part of the PKK.
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