Four Turkish soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in a roadside bomb attack perpetrated by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists in the southeastern province of Mardin on Monday.
A roadside bomb exploded when a civilian vehicle carrying soldiers was travelling on the road between the Kızıltepe and Derik districts, NTV reported.
Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015. Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.
More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.