ANKARA: A Turkish soldier was killed in an armed attack in Nusaybin in Turkey’s south east, the armed forces said in a statement on Saturday.
The soldier was injured having been attacked by members of the “separatist terrorist organization” during operations against the group, and was taken to hospital. He could not be saved and died by 1100 local time (4 a.m. ET), the statement said.
A ceasefire between the militant group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the state collapsed last July and attacks on Turkey’s security forces have since increased amid a surge in violence in the predominantly Kurdish southeast that has killed hundreds of people.
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.