Three PKK militants killed in clash in southeastern Turkey

Three members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed by Turkish security forces in a clash in southeastern Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Friday.

The clash erupted Thursday morning between Turkish security forces and PKK members in rural area of Besiri township of Batman province, leaving three PKK militants dead and another captured.

PKK has launched a series of landmine and remote-controlled bomb attacks in Turkey over the past few months.

The group took up arms for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey in 1984 and its conflicts with government forces have claimed some 37,000 lives since then.

Last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a speech in Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey. In response to his call for laying down arms, the PKK announced a one-month ceasefire from Aug. 20 to Sept. 20.

Source: Xinhua



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