Three Turkish troops, three PKK fighters killed in skirmish near Silopi

Three Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish fighters in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Syria and Iraq, the local governor’s office said today.

Three fighters of the outlawed in Turkey Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were “neutralized” during the conflict, the Sirnak governor’s office said in a written statement.

The statement said the troops were conducting a security operation for the state-owned Turkish Petroleum Company (TPAO), near the town of Silopi, Sirnak, when the conflict erupted Wednesday. The fighters were spotted by an unmanned drone in the area, he said.

Five more PKK militants were neutralized during security operations by the provincial gendarmerie command and police in Savur in the Mardin province, the Interior Ministry said on Twitter.