Kurdish militant attack kills two in eastern Turkey

Sunday 03/07/2016
From ISIS to Kurds, Turkey is in serious trouble

ANKARA - A car bombing blamed on Kurdish militants killed one Turkish soldier and a member of the village guard in Turkey's eastern Van province on Sunday, the army said.

At least 15 people were injured in the attack on a military outpost, including 10 soldiers and five village guards. Among those wounded, one was seriously injured, the army said in a statement.

The military blamed the attack in the mainly Kurdish province on separatists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Village guards are local people who work in cooperation with the Turkish security forces throughout eastern Turkey to protect their settlements from the PKK.

The attack came a day after the PKK carried out another car bombing on Saturday in the country's restive southeast, killing two Turkish soldiers and a civilian outside the city of Mardin close to the Syrian border.

Attacks against Turkish security forces have intensified with almost daily attacks since the collapse of a two-and-a-half-year ceasefire last July.

The government has in recent months conducted military operations against the group in the region's towns and cities in an attempt to rid the urban areas of fighters.

Activists claim such actions have also killed innocent civilians caught up in the renewed conflict, which has also seen long curfews supporting the operations.

Since the PKK insurgency began in 1984, nearly 40,000 people have been killed. The group is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the European Union and the United States.