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UPDATED: 08:39, May 30, 2007
Seven Kurdish rebels killed in operation in Turkey
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Seven militants of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in Turkish security forces' counter-terrorism operation in the country's southeastern region, sources said on Tuesday.

During a clash with a group of the PKK members, Turkish security forces killed seven PKK militants at Dagdosu village of Eruh town in Siirt province, said the report.

It added that the operations in fight against the PKK are continuing in the region.

Last Tuesday, a suicide bomb blast ripped through a crowded shopping center in the Ulus district of Turkish capital Ankara, killing seven, including the bomber, and injuring over 100 others. Officials believed the PKK was behind the attack.

PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, launched an armed campaign for an ethnic homeland in the mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking decades of strife that has claimed more than 30,000 lives.

The intensity of the fighting eased after PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured and imprisoned in 1999, but flared up again in recent years.

Source: Xinhua

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