4 Turkish soldiers killed, injured in bomb blast in N Iraq

TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) – Turkish Defense Ministry said Saturday night that a bomb blast in northern Iraq has killed one soldier and wounded three others.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement that a bomb exploded in northern Iraq where Turkish forces are carrying out the Claw Lock operation.

According to the statement, the bomb explosion was carried out by the PKK group.

The Turkish Ministry added that the blast killed one soldier and wounded three others, who were immediately taken to hospital.

Turkish troops in northern Iraq have long been violating the country's airspace and territory under the pretext of fighting PKK. These violations of sovereignty continue amid constant condemnations and protests by the Iraqi central government and officials.

On April 18, Turkey launched a 'Claw-Lock' operation against PKK hideouts and bases in northern Iraq. Turkey uses fighter jets, artillery, and ground special forces, claiming that it has information that indicates PKK was going to launch a large-scale operation against the country.

Turkey has carried out most of its attacks in the Sinjar region and in the mountainous areas of Iraqi Kurdistan.

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