14 Killed in Clashes in Southeast Turkey
Eight Turkish soldiers and six members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were killed Friday in clashes in the largely Kurdish region of southeast Turkey, a Turkish military statement said.
Six soldiers were killed and eight were wounded when clashes broke out with rebels in Hakkari province on Friday. Two additional soldiers died when a military helicopter sent to the area later crashed due to a technical fault.
Meanwhile, four suspected bomb makers were killed near Diyarbakir late Thursday, Turkish interior ministry officials said.
Security officials said the blast occurred when PKK militants were loading the explosives onto a truck.
The late-night explosion occurred hours after at least seven people were injured in a car-bomb attack near a military facility in a suburb of the capital, Istanbul.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the car-bomb attack.
Hezbollah's Military Leader Killed in Syria
The militant Islamic group Hezbollah says its top military commander, Mustafa Badreddine, has been killed in Syria.
The Lebanese-based group issued a statement Friday on a Beirut television channel saying Badreddine, 55, was killed in an Israeli airstrike.
Israel did not immediately confirm the strike.
Badreddine has been Hezbollah's military commander since 2008.
He was one of four men accused in absentia of plotting the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. The trial began in 2014 at The Hague, Netherlands, and is ongoing.
Hezbollah denied any involvement in the attack.