A Turkish soldier was martyred by terrorists in northern Iraq, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
Infantry Lieutenant Kaan Kanlıkuyu was martyred during Turkey’s newly launched cross-border operation Operation Claw-Lock in a rocket attack, said a statement by the ministry.
Turkish defense chief extended condolences
“Operations continue in the region with the support of the air force and fire support vehicles,” it added.
The ministry and National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar extended their condolences to Kanlıkuyu’s family.
Earlier on Tuesday, the ministry announced that Turkish forces had “neutralized” a total of 30 PKK terrorists since the launch of the operation.
The National Defense Ministry said it launched Operation Claw-Lock on Monday after reports that the terror group was planning to launch a large-scale attack, adding that it was in line with the UN Charter’s principle of self-defense.