Two Turkish soldiers killed in attack by Kurdish militants: ministry

The Kurdistan Workers Party launched their insurgency against Turkish authorities in 1984. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 July 2019

Two Turkish soldiers killed in attack by Kurdish militants: ministry

  • The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and a number of other countries
  • The defense ministry didn’t identify how the attack or what form it took

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants launched an attack on a Turkish military vehicle in southeast Turkey on Tuesday, killing two soldiers and wounding another, the country’s defense ministry said.
It said the attack occurred in the Hakkari province of Turkey, which borders Iraq and Iran, and was carried out from a distance. It did not specify what form the attack took.
The PKK, which is deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, launched its insurgency in 1984 and seeks autonomy in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast.
More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.


Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

Updated 25 min 36 sec ago

Jordan police clash with protesters over anti-smuggling efforts

  • The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha

AMMAN: Jordanian officials have reached a deal with local representatives to end two days of clashes over government efforts to curb cross-border cigarette smuggling from Syria.
The clashes erupted last week between police and protesters in the northern city of Ramtha. Many residents of the impoverished city have made a living selling cigarettes that were smuggled in Syria for a profit in Jordan, prompting the government to tighten customs regulations.
In recent days, protesters blocked streets with stones and tires and threw fire bombs at police, who fired tear gas to disperse them.
Such anti-government violence is rare in Jordan.
Petra news agency and other local media reported the agreement to end clashes on Sunday.