Turkish security sources declared on Wednesday that two of its soldiers were killed and another two injured in a gun battle with some Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorists near the small town of Semdinli in the south-eastern province of Hakkari. Reportedly, the troops were on patrol in a mountainous region near the border with Iraq and Iran when they were ambushed. After the incident, the army carried out a combing operation to track down the terrorists.
A land mine blast near the town of Dereli in the northern-eastern Giresun province on Monday had already caused the death of Lieutenant Ahmet Eryılmaz of the Provincial Gendarmerie Command, while two soldiers from his unit suffered injuries.
Attacks against Turkish security forces have seen an increase since the beginning of the spring as the melting snow in the mountainous Kurdish region causes greater mobility to PKK terrorists.