Turkey, June 11 (Reuters) – A roadside bomb attack by Kurdish separatist militants wounded 11 Turkish soldiers travelling a convoy in eastern Turkey, military officials said on Friday.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants detonated the explosives by remote control in the mountainous Tunceli province on the road south to Elazig, the offcials said. One of the wounded soldiers was in a serious condition.
Military units have launched an operation in the area to track down the rebels.
PKK fighters regularly carry out such attacks on military vehicles in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country. Clashes with the military have escalated in recent weeks with the onset of warmer weather in the mountainous region.
The PKK took up arms against the state in 1984 with the aim of creating an ethnic homeland in the region. More than 40,000 people have died in the conflict. (Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jon Boyle)