Turkish Military Says 15 PKK Militants Killed in Southeast

ISTANBUL (Reuters) -

Fifteen militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed in clashes in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported, citing the Turkish military.

Turkey has been clashing with militants in sweeps across the southeast, which has seen some of the worst fighting since the height of the insurgency in the 1990s.

Also Friday, NTV, citing the Turkish military, said the military has killed 140 PKK militants in airstrikes in northern Iraq between April 29 and May 10.

Turkey has been regularly attacking PKK targets in mountainous northern Iraq since the collapse of a ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish state in July last year.