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Turkey Roadside Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers, Wounds 3

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FILE - Turkish soldiers stand guard at a check point on the main road between Mardin and Cizre in southeastern Turkey, Sept. 9, 2015.

FILE - Turkish soldiers stand guard at a check point on the main road between Mardin and Cizre in southeastern Turkey, Sept. 9, 2015.

A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and wounded three others in Turkey’s Mardin province Wednesday.

The explosive device was detonated by remote control when an armored military vehicle was passing some 35 kilometers from the Derik district at about 3:00 PM local time.

Another attack was carried out against a military team patrolling a rural area in Lice in Diyarbakir province. The military has recently been involved in an operation to destroy illegal cannabis fields in the region.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday’s blasts.

The attacks came only hours after three suicide explosions at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport left at least 41 people dead and more than 200 wounded, some in critical condition.

Turkey has been hit by multiple attacks on civilians and the military in the past several months, carried out by Islamic State or PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) militants.

Islamic State has been targeting civilians, while the PKK has been targeting Turkish police and military since July in its quest for autonomy in Turkey's southeast.

An estimated 500 Turkish security personnel have been killed while fighting Kurdish rebels, according to the military, which claims to have killed nearly 5,000 PKK militants in Turkey and northern Iraq.

VOA’s Turkish Service contributed to this report.

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