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Turkey: two soldiers killed in suicide attack blamed on PKK

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By Euronews
Turkey: two soldiers killed in suicide attack blamed on PKK

<p>Two soldiers have been killed and 24 others wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey.</p> <p>It is claimed militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or <span class="caps">PKK</span>, were behind it. </p> <p>A tractor laden with explosives was used to strike a military police outpost in the Dogubeyayit district of Agri province, which borders Iran. </p> <p>Last month, Turkey launched a campaign of air strikes on <span class="caps">PKK</span> camps <br /> in northern Iraq. Officials say they are in response to increased violence.</p> <p>There has been a further escalation of armed attacks by the militants since then.</p> <p>At least 16 security force members have now been killed in violence, blamed on the <span class="caps">PKK</span>, over the past two weeks.</p> <p>The leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition accuses the country’s president of launching air strikes in Iraq and Syria to prevent Kurdish territorial and political gains.</p>