A Turkish soldier has been injured during clashes with members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the eastern province of Van. Turkish security forces discovered a land mine on the road heading to the Baskale district of Van Province on Sunday as they were patrolling the area, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported. The soldier then detonated the explosive device and began an operation to locate PKK militants responsible for planting the mine.
Fierce exchange of fire broke out in the wake of the offensive, and one soldier sustained injuries during the clashes. There were no reports of casualties on the side of PKK members.Over 40,000 people have lost their lives since the PKK launched its armed campaign against Ankara in 1984. MP/JR