Three Turkish soldiers were killed and others wounded Friday by a roadside bomb in the Kurdish majority southeast of the country, medical and military sources told AFP.
The explosion was caused by a home-made bomb on the side of a road between Tunceli and Elazig in a region caught up in bloody reprisals between the army and rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The attack prompted a swift response from the Turkish army, with helicopters dropping bombs on the rebels’ escape routes in the region, an AFP journalist at the scene reported.
Security forces blocked the road to traffic.
Fierce clashes between the Turkish state and the PKK resumed in late July, upending a two-year ceasefire that had nurtured hopes of an end to a three-decade insurgency which has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Turkey has waged an offensive against the PKK after the collapse of the fragile truce. The renewed conflict has also struck at the heart of the country, with two attacks that killed dozens of people in the capital Ankara claimed by Kurdish rebels.