18 killed in attack on checkpoint in southeast Turkey; 27 hurt
ISTANBUL — Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb Sunday outside a military checkpoint in southeast Turkey, killing 10 soldiers and eight civilians, the prime minister said. Turkey launched a military operation against the rebels in response.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim gave the death toll during a news conference in Istanbul and condemned the attack in Hakkari province. Twenty-sev- en other people, included 11 soldiers, were wounded in the explosion, provincial and military officials said.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, citing the military, said the attack was the work of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.
Officials said attackers first opened fire on the checkpoint before driving up a minivan containing about 5 tons of explosives and detonating it.