15 killed in violence in southeast Turkey

Officials say at least 13 Kurdish militants and two soldiers have been killed in violence in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

A military statement said Monday that Turkey's security forces killed 13 rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, during three separate operations in the provinces of Sirnak and Hakkari, near the border with Iraq, and in Agri province, bordering Iran.

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that two soldiers also died in Hakkari after PKK rebels detonated a roadside bomb that struck their military vehicle.

Fighting between state forces and the PKK resumed last year after a cease fire collapsed.

Anadolu says more than 600 security force members and thousands of PKK militants have been killed since then.

The PKK is considered a terror organization by Turkey and its allies.