Category: World / September 25, 2012 4:09 PM EDT
At least seven soldiers were killed in eastern Turkey on Tuesday when an armored truck drove past a vehicle laden with explosives. It was then detonated by suspected Kurdish militants.
Ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion as flames rose from two vehicles on a road through a thinly populated part of the city. Militants from the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, have carried out a wave of attacks on military targets in recent months, stepping up their 28 year old armed campaign.
The recent fighting has been some of the heaviest since the PKK took up arms in 1984 with the aim or carving out a Kurdish state. PKK fighters killed 10 soldiers and wounded at least 60 last Tuesday when they fired rockets at a travelling military convoy.