World Bulletin / News Desk
PKK militants fired rockets at a military convoy in eastern Turkey on Tuesday, killing nine soldiers and wounding more than 60, security sources said, in a further sign that the conflict in the region is deepening.
The convoy was travelling between the provinces of Bingol and Mus when it was hit by a rocket launched by outlawed members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the sources said.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union. It took up arms in 1984 with the aim of carving out a Kurdish state in the east of Turkey. The conflict has since killed more than 40,000 people.
Footage aired by Turkey's Dogan news agency on its website showed firefighters around the smouldering shell of a bus on a mountainous road.
Two F-16 fighter jets took off from an air base in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir after the attack, a Reuters witness said. Their destination was unclear.
Recent months have seen some of the deadliest fighting in more than a decade. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday some 500 militants had been "rendered ineffective" - killed, wounded, or captured - in the last month alone.
Fighter jets and attack helicopters have bombarded PKK camps in the southeastern border region with Iraq, and Turkey's chief of staff and other military commanders travelled to the region last week to oversee operations.
Eight police officers were killed on Sunday when a roadside mine exploded in the Karliova district of Bingol and on Saturday suspected PKK militants killed four Turkish soldiers in an attack on a convoy near the border with Iran and Iraq.
Turkish president and Russian counterpart discuss range of issues in Friday phone call
Turkish-US friendship group co-chair says US needs to show solidarity with Turkey by extraditing failed coup's mastermind
Free Syrian Army soldiers and Jarabulus residents show gratitude to Turkish soldiers after their retaking of Jarabulus, Syria, in Euphrates Shield operation
Incident in Hatay province leaves 18 other people injured
Government wants new fund to keep growth on track, limit economic damage from failed coup
President says attacks like Friday's Sirnak bomb which martyred 11 police will only increase Turkey's determination
Following attack that killed 11 police officers, PM Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey will make extremist PKK collapse
Anti-extremism officers carry out separate operations in central and southern Turkey
Despite some changes in Turkey post-coup, however the Turkish ambassador to the Ukraine has said that focus on what remains the same is crucial
The Turkish incursion into Turkey is regarded to be one of the key points of disagreement between Turkey and the U.S.
Hulusi Akar scheduled to meet Russia's Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov in Ankara on Friday
Car-bomb attack hits checkpoint close to riot police unit in Cizre
Cavusoglu says there is 'no change' in Turkey's ambitions to join the EU
Personnel escorting CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu come under fire in northeastern Turkey; 3 wounded, 2 critically
Incident in Hakkari province leaves another police officer, four soldiers injured
The openings of bridges across the Bosphorus -- the first in 1973 and the second in 1988 -- have been landmark dates in the modern history of Istanbul.