Kurdish rebels have killed five members of Turkey’s security forces. Exchanges of fire near the town of Pervari in the mainly Kurdish southeast also left 12 militants dead, according to reports.
Fighting for an independent Kurdish state, the outlawed PKK has stepped up attacks on Turkish
military targets after calling off a truce, a month ago. Amid the rise in violence, special Turkish commando teams have pursued rebels into northern Iraq. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently visited the border region.
The separatists accuse his government of failing to find a political resolution to the conflict.
But they also look to be turning their attentions to the country’s largest cities. Last week, a roadside bomb ripped through a bus carrying military personnel and their families in Istanbul, killing six people. A Kurdish militant group said it was behind the attack.