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PKK attacks military base in southeastern Turkey

No casualties were reported and the base was not damaged as security forces returned fire

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Members of the far-left banned group Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Thursday reportedly opened fire on a military base in Turkey, the Istanbul-based paper Daily Sabah reported, quoting a statement released by the Turkish General Staff.

The incident, which occurred in Turkey’s southeastern province of Siirt, started when members of the outlawed group attacked the base in the Eruh district.

No casualties were reported and the base was not damaged as security forces returned fire, according to the statement released online.

A criminal investigation has been launched into the incident.

Government officials have recently stepped up efforts to restart talks with the Kurds and have met with their representatives in the hope of reaching a disarmament deal by the Kurdish New Year in March.