A Turkish soldier was martyred in a terrorist attack in northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said Wednesday. 

“On April 15, 2020, in the Hakurk region of northern Iraq, a hero fellow soldier was martyred by the explosion of a mine/handmade explosive previously placed by terrorists from the separatist terrorist organization PKK,” the ministry said in a statement.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar posted a message of condolence on his Twitter account and extended his condolences to the family of the martyr and the Turkish nation.

On May 27, Turkey launched Operation Claw against the PKK in Hakurk followed

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