Two soldiers killed, 4 others injured in car bombing in Turkey's southeast
Two Turkish soldiers have been killed and four others have been injured in a car bomb attack in the southeastern province of Diyarbak?r as retaliatory operations on Turkish security personnel have left deaths and injuries across the country amid cross-border airstrikes in Syria and northern Iraq.
Two gendarmerie sergeants, ?smail Yavuz, 37, and Mehmet Koçak, 39, were killed and four other soldiers were injured in a car bomb attack on their convoy in Diyarbak?r?s Lice district on late July 25, a move that came as the Turkish Armed Forces carried out airstrikes against Kurdistan Workers? Party?s (PKK) camps in northern Iraq.
Annual leaves of all military personnel from Turkish Armed Forces? units dealing with terrorism have been canceled by the Turkish General Staff, daily Hürriyet reported on July 26, a move that came following increasing violent acts, including attacks on security personnel, across Turkey as well as rising tensions near and on the Turkish-Syrian border.
In a recent offensive against Turkish security forces, two unidentified gunmen opened fire at three police officers on daily patrol in Istanbul?s Okmeydan? neighborhood on July 25, wounding three police officers and a civilian.
In another armed attack, gunmen opened fire at a police station in Diyarbak?r?s Ba?lar district around 11 p.m. on July 25, with no casualties reported. The Diyarbak?r Police Department said in a written statement that a comprehensive operation had been launched to detain the perpetrators.
The car bomb attack on Turkish soldiers came a day after Turkey late July 24 carried out airstrikes targeting the PKK in northern Iraq, killing commander ?ervan Varto (Önder Arslan), in a move that drew stern reaction from the PKK.