June 20 (Reuters) – One Turkish soldier was killed and one injured in a Kurdish rebel attack on a military outpost in the southeastern province of Elazig overnight, military sources said on Sunday.
The attack followed clashes on Saturday which killed 11 soldiers and 12 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas in the region, near the border with Iraq. The attacks marked an escalation in separatist violence in the region.
The sources said the militants threw a hand grenade at the base before opening fire with rifles in the Palu district of Elazig.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was due to attend a ceremony in the southeastern city of Van on Sunday for the soldiers killed in Saturday’s clashes.
The PKK, branded terrorists by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, said this month they had scrapped a year-old unilateral ceasefire and resumed attacks against Turkish forces because of military operations against them.
More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since the PKK launched its insurgency in 1984 with the aim of creating an ethnic homeland in the country’s southeast. (Writing by Daren Butler)