Turkish soldier killed in mortar assault in northern Iraq – Ministry | World information

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish militants launched a mortar attack on a Turkish military base in northern Iraq on Thursday, injuring a Turkish soldier who later died in hospital, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

The statement said the Turkish armed forces immediately retaliated against those who carried out the attack, and three militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were neutralized, a term commonly used to mean killed.

In 1984 the PKK started an uprising in southeastern Turkey that killed more than 40,000 people. It is referred to as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.

Turkey is currently conducting operations against the militants in northern Iraq, where their main bases are located.

(Reporting by Orhan Coskun; writing by Daren Butler; editing by Michael Perry)

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