ANKARA (Web Desk) – Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack on a security post here on Sunday.

The bomb exploded at a police station in Hakkari, a town 77 kilometres (48 miles) from the Iraqi border, the Turkish army said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Turkish army said the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) played a role in the bombing.
“This morning at 9:45, separatist terrorist organisation members organised the attack,” the army said. The Turkish army has launched an operation to find those behind the attack.

The PKK has waged a 32-year insurgency against the Turkish state, which has left nearly 40,000 dead since 1984. The group is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Since the collapse of a two-and-a-half-year ceasefire last year, more than 600 security forces and over 7,000 PKK militants have been killed, according to the official news agency Anadolu.

Attacks against Turkish security forces have continued on an almost daily basis since last July while the government has conducted military operations against the PKK to rid urban areas of fighters in the last 12 months, ARY News reported.