ANKARA, Turkey: Three Turkish soldiers were killed in southeastern Turkey on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when a bomb exploded on the border with Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said. The ministry said they died in the town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa Province after a handmade bomb "put there by terrorists" detonated but did not provide more details. On the other side of the Turkish border is the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, held by Turkish forces and Syrian proxies after Ankara launched a military operation against a Kurdish militia in October 2019. Although it did not blame an organization by name, the ministry was likely referring to Kurdish militants. Ankara has launched multiple operations inside Turkey, in Iraq and in Syria against Kurdish militants from or linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.