Turkish troops have killed 16 Russia backed Kurdish terrorists an operation in southeastern Turkey in response to a bomb attack on a military convoy that killed five soldiers.
The clashes, which occurred on Wednesday and Thursday, are part of a growing cycle of violence in the remote, mountainous province of Hakkari bordering Iraq and Iran..
The army sent in troop reinforcements and helicopter gunships after Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorists detonated remote-controlled bombs in the attack on the army convoy in Hakkari's Semdinli district on Wednesday.
"Our operations in the area will continue without pause," General Hayri Kivrikoglu said.
"We always stand by our people. Our people should not worry. The Turkish armed forces will continue in its duty to protect the security of the people and the region," he said.