(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Turkish authorities on Saturday said that three soldiers were killed and six others injured in a roadside landmine blast in Bingol, southeastern Turkey.
The explosion took place in the Karliova district in Bingol, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.
The military blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for the deaths.
Three soldiers "have martyred" due to a remote-controlled handmade explosive that also injured six soldiers while Gendarmerie special ops vehicles were passing Karliova district to intervene in a road block made by members of the "separatist terrorist organization" on August 15, 2015, the Turkish General Staff stated.
It was reported that the wounded soldiers were taken to Bingol Public Hospital. The operation goes on with choppers and reinforcements.
On Friday, three soldiers were killed and six others wounded in clashes with PKK elements of the in the southeastern city of Hakkari.
In the meantime, Anakara announced today the arrest of 15 PKK suspects in Mardin, southeastern Turkey, 19 members of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the PKK in Van, eastern Turkey and 12 in Denizli, southwest.
During the operation, security forces seized 250 kg of explosives, three Kalashnikovs, 35 bottles of molotov cocktail and a huge amount of ammunition, the Anadolu news agency said.
Earlier today, the authorities arrested fifteen suspected members of the (YDG-H) across Istanbul on Saturday, police said. Counter-terrorism police carried out raids on 23 addresses, mostly in the city's working class Kucukcekmece and Bagcilar suburbs, according to the Anadolu.
The detentions were the latest in a series of operations launched across Turkey in the wake of the July 20 bombing in Suruc. More than 1,700 suspects linked to the PKK, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and leftist the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP/C), police said.
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