Nine Turkish soldiers killed by Kurdish forces in Turkey’s southeast

HAKKARI (KDN) – Five Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack by Kurdish forces in the Şemdinli district of the eastern Kurdish province of Hakkari on July 10.

Kurdish forces detonated a bomb while a military vehicle was passing in the Aktütün region at around midday, Turkey’s Doğan News Agency reported.

Four soldiers died at the scene, while another was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

However, Kurdish sources claimed that more than a dozen Turkish soldiers killed in the attack. Kurdish Peoples’ Defense Units haven’t confirmed the attack yet.

The attack in Hakkari came hours after another Turkish soldier and a village guard were killed in an attack by Kurdish Defense forces in the Erciş district of the eastern Kurdish province of Van. Ten soldiers and five village guards were also injured in the attack.

Kurdish forces staged the attack on a local gendarmerie post at 12:20 a.m., according to a statement released by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

One of the soldiers was critically wounded in the attack.

The attacks on July 10 came after a PKK bomb attack on a gendarmerie post in the Artuklu district of the southeastern province of Mardin on July 9, which left two Turkish soldiers dead.