ANKARA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- At least five soldiers of the Turkish security forces were killed and another injured in clashes with the rebels of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Hakkari bordering Iraq on Sunday, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported.
The armed clashes erupted between the Turkish troops and PKK members near the village of Ortaklar in Semdinli town of Hakkari, said the report, adding a large-scale military operation had been launched against the PKK militants in the region.
The Hakkari Governor's Office announced in a statement on Sunday that four PKK rebels were killed and another was injured during the operation, saying that four other PKK members were also captured by the Turkish soldiers.
According to the statement, two PKK members surrendered to the gendarmerie in the village of Cayirli in Hakkari on Sunday.
Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the PKK took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts fuelled by PKK's separatist campaign in Turkey.