Hakkari Governor Muhammet Önder said the clash erupted near the village of Yeşilova, located in the district of Şemdinli, between security forces and a group of PKK terrorists. Önder stated that the clashes started when the terrorist group attacked a military compound in the region at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. He also added that air-supported military operations against the PKK were under way in the region.
Last Sunday in the same region, security units disposed of three anti-tank mines placed by the terrorist organization. According to a written statement made by the Hakkari Governor's Office on the day of the incident, security units found that PKK terrorists had planted three mines in two different locations and these mines were successfully defused by bomb disposal experts from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Both police and military have been put on alert by the government for the possibility of increased PKK attacks with the arrival of spring.
Turkey has lost at least 40,000 people in the fight against the outlawed PKK since 1984, when the terrorist organization was set up with the goal of establishing an autonomous Kurdish state in the eastern and southeastern parts of Turkey. The PKK has been declared a terrorist organization by the international community, including the US and the EU.