Turkish fighter jets responded overnight with airstrikes against Kurdish militants after the Kurdish fighters attacked a troop convoy near Turkey’s border with Iraq and Iran.
The military said Monday F-4 and F-16 warplanes struck 13 targets of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.
Sunday’s attack involved roadside bombs that heavily damaged two armored vehicles and left an unconfirmed number of Turkish troops dead.
Turkey’s military says 16 soldiers killed were killed and six were wounded, making it the deadliest PKK attack since July when violence by both sides wrecked a two-year-old cease-fire.
Following the attack, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cut short a trip to the city of Konya where he had gone to watch a football game and rushed back to Ankara for an emergency meeting with his security team.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed sadness about news of the attack, which he said happened while the soldiers were conducting a mine-sweeping operation.