PKK IED explosion in eastern Turkey leaves 3 Turkish soldiers wounded – Reports

A total of three Turkish soldiers have been wounded as a result of an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED) set by the militants of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) in country’s eastern Bingol province, local media reported Saturday citing a source in the Turkish General Staff.

The incident took place in the Genc district of the province on Friday within the framework of the counter-PKK operation, Anadolu Agency reported.

A ceasefire between the Turkish state and the PKK broke down in July 2015 in the aftermath of the Suruc attack that killed 32 Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) members in an explosion carried out by a suicide bomber. The PKK blamed the Turkish government for the attack, saying the government was conspiring with Islamic State.

On 24 July 2015, Turkey announced an official military operation against PKK targets in Iraqi Kurdistan and Rojava respectively. The same day, Turkey also performed a nationwide crackdown on so-called PKK operatives, arresting hundreds, including Peoples’ Democratic Party members and leaders.