IED kills two members of Turkish forces in Turkey’s Sirnak

A general view of Acil Emergency Hospital in Sirnak (Anadolu Agency)

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SULAIMANI — Two members of the Turkish forces were killed after an improvised explosive devise (IED) went off in the southeastern province of Sirnak on Monday (December 9), Anadolu Agency reported.

The agency cited the governor’s office in Sirnak as saying that the Turkish security forces were trying to defuse the IED in Idil district, located in southwest of Sirnak. 

Seven members of the security forces were also wounded in the explosion, according to the governor’s office.

It accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of detonating the IED.

Turkey has been fighting the PKK since a fragile ceasefire between both sides collapsed in 2015.

The group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, NATO and the European Union.

The Kurdish insurgency led by the PKK has claimed more than 40,000 lives since it began in 1984. The PKK is mainly active in southeast Turkey, and it has rear bases in mountainous zones over the border in northern Iraq.

(NRT Digital Media)