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Turkish police officers take cover from stones near the explosion site on November 4, 2016, after a strong blast in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. (Photos by AFP)
Turkish police officers take cover from stones near the explosion site on November 4, 2016, after a strong blast in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. (Photos by AFP)

At least two Turkish soldiers have been killed in a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bomb attack in the country’s southeastern province of Batman.

The Saturday blast took place as the PKK detonated a road bomb as a military convoy was passing through a rural area in the province’s Sason district. 

The soldiers succumbed to their wounds after being moved to a local hospital.

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Turkish security forces have launched a ground and air operation to hunt down the militants across the region.

Turkey has declared the PKK a terrorist organization and has banned it. The militant group has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region since 1984.

A shaky ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish government collapsed in July 2015. Attacks on Turkish security forces have soared ever since.

Over the past few months, Turkish ground and air forces have been carrying out operations against the PKK positions in the country’s southeastern border region as well as in northern Iraq and neighboring Syria.