World Bulletin / News Desk
PKK militants attacked two army posts in southeast Turkey on Thursday, killing at least one soldier, officials said, hours after Ankara said it had killed 16 militants in the area following a raid on a military convoy.
The clashes underscore a growing cycle of violence in the remote, mountainous province of Hakkari bordering Iraq and Iran - a development which Turkish officials and analysts are linking to the conflict in nearby Syria.
Security officials told Reuters militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had launched simultaneous raids on two military posts in Hakkari's Semdinli district, the scene of a wave of recent clashes between militants and government forces.
At least one soldier had been killed in the attacks, which were still continuing, the officials said, without giving further details.
The attacks came only hours after government officials said Turkish troops had killed 16 PKK militants in an offensive targeting militants who killed five soldiers and wounded seven on Wednesday in a bomb attack on their convoy in Semdinli.
Officials said the army had sent in troop reinforcements and helicopter gunships after Wednesday's attack.
In a sign of Ankara's concern over the violence in the mainly Kurdish region, the commander of the military's land forces arrived in Hakkari on Thursday. General Hayri Kivrikoglu said the army's operations would continue "without pause".
"We always stand by our people. Our people should not worry. The Turkish armed forces will continue in its duty to protect the security of the people and the region," Kivrikoglu was quoted as saying on state media Anatolian's website.
It was not immediately clear whether Kivrikoglu was still in Hakkari when the militants launched their latest attacks.
More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
The conflict is focused in the mountainous region bordering Iraq and Iran, but the PKK has also carried out attacks in Turkish cities. Officials blamed it for a car bombing on Monday which killed nine people in the city of Gaziantep, near Turkey's southeastern border with Syria.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has denied involvement in that attack.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of backing PKK militants and has warned of military intervention in Syria if the group uses Syrian territory to threaten Turkey.
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