Turkish Troops Die in Border Fight | Wall Street Journal
By Ayla Albayrak and Joe Parkinson
ISTANBUL—Eight Turkish soldiers were killed and 16 wounded in clashes in a predominantly Kurdish province near Turkey’s border with Iraq on Tuesday, marking the latest in a series of attacks in recent months.
The fighting erupted shortly after dawn on Tuesday as militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, attacked a local military post in Daglica village, according to a statement from the local governorate of Hakkari. Ten PKK members were also killed by the Turkish military, the statement said.
Turkey’s state news agency reported that chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel was en route to the site of the clash, while two cabinet ministers were also heading there from Ankara.
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul released a statement condemning the attack and announcing that there would be an extraordinary security summit at the president’s office at 0800 ET to discuss which further steps the authorities could take to stop the violence.
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