Militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) claimed an attack on Turkish troops in Daglica, in the south-eastern Hakkari province on the border with Iran and Iraq, which left 15 soldiers dead. The separatists triggered some landmines at the passage of a convoy of armoured vehicles, then opening fire on the troops.
Turkey’s military announced that its warplanes bombarded PKK targets overnight in retaliation, with two F-16 and two F-14 jets striking 13 PKK targets in the south-east.
An emergency national security meeting was called in the capital. This marked the bloodiest attack since the collapse in mid-July of a ceasefire in force since 2013.