Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and two were wounded by explosives planted by fighters in northern Iraq, Turkey’s defence ministry said.

Turkey was carrying out a cross-border operation in the region.

A statement said three Turkish soldiers were “martyred” and two others wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated. It added that the injured soldiers are currently receiving treatment at a hospital, but did not elaborate on their conditions.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) armed group is based in northern Iraq, just across Turkey’s southern border. Turkey launched military operations against the PKK in April in northern Iraq’s Metina and Avasin-Basyan regions.

Last week, the Kurdish rebels launched a mortar attack on a Turkish military base in northern Iraq, wounding a Turkish soldier who later died in hospital.

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