ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked a Turkish military base on Friday in the country's Kurdish province of Igdir, pro-government media reported.
The PKK move comes two days after Turkish warplanes targeted the outlawed group’s positions in the Kurdistan Region near the border with Turkey, destroying multiple weapon depots, according to the country’s military.
Ankara, along with Washington, the EU, and NATO, designates the PKK as a terrorist organization. The group has been fighting a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish government over Kurdish rights and self-rule.
Citing a security source from Igdir province, the Anadolu Agency said that PKK guerrillas opened fire on a Turkish military base near the village of Emince in the early morning, killing one soldier and injuring two more.
Turkish forces had purportedly retaliated, injuring two PKK members and leaving another "neutralized," the report added.
On Nov. 9, initial reports indicated that at least seven Turkish soldiers were killed while dozens of others were injured in an ammunition blast at a hilltop army base in the Kurdish province of Hakkari.
The PKK later claimed responsibility, saying the move came in response to Turkey's assassination of top PKK commander Mam Zeki Shingali in mid-August by warplanes near the Kurdish Yezidi (Ezidi) town of Sinjar (Shingal) which is under Iraqi government control.
The group presented no operational details or evidence of its role in the blast, save for adding that "the attack was carried out in a new tactical and technical manner."
Editing by John J. Catherine