The military also said that a handmade bomb was detonated by remote control while the military vehicle was searching for mines on the highway linking Diyarbakir to the district of Lice, Reuters reports.
According to reports, a number of soldiers arrived at the scene of the accident and started an anti-terrorist operation.
he explosion comes a day after a car bomb attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara killed 28 people and injured a further 61 people. The scene of Wednesday’s blast was close to Turkey’s parliament, the Presidency of the General Staff, and Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard commands.
After the collapse of peace talks aimed at ending a three-decade insurgency by the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Turkish government ordered a military crackdown in the Kurdish-dominated southeast. Some of the worst clashes have taken place in the town of Cizre and in Diyarbakir, which is the unofficial capital of the Turkish Kurds.
Local residents in southeastern Turkey have also been angered by Ankara imposing 24-hour curfews in many Kurdish majority towns and cities.