Four Turkish police killed in PKK bombing: security sources

Turkish soldiers stand in attention next to the Turkish flag-draped coffins of eight Turkish soldiers, killed on a roadside bomb on Aug 19. (File photo: AP)

Four Turkish police were killed on Thursday in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the country's southeast blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), sources told AFP.

The attack is latest deadly strike on the security forces blamed on the PKK since the Turkish government launched a major "anti-terrorist" campaign against the Kurdish militants in July.

A local police chief and three other officers were killed when a remote-controlled bomb laid by militants was detonated on a road in the Dargecit district of Mardin province, security sources said.

The police team was on its way to respond to a fire at a school in Dargecit when the attack took place, according to the source.

The PKK and the armed forces have traded fire daily since a two-year-old ceasefire fell apart in July.

The military has been carrying out air raids and other operations against the group's strongholds in southeast Turkey and in northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, some 70 members of the Turkish security forces have been killed in attacks blamed on the PKK, setting back hopes for an end to its three-decade insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP), said Wednesday it was "impossible" to hold snap polls in November because of the surge in violence between security forces and the Kurdish rebels.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48