Six Kurdish rebels killed in Turkey

UPDATED: 16:01, June 25, 2007

Six militants of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in operations staged by the Turkish security forces on Sunday in southeastern and eastern Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

A clash erupted between the Turkish security forces and a group of PKK militants in rural area of Yuksekova town in Hakkari province, leaving three PKK militants dead, according to the report.

Meanwhile, PKK members attempted to stage an attack on Karsilar outpost in Ovacik town in Tunceli province by driving a fuel tanker toward the outpost, said the report, adding that the tanker exploded before they could approach and one PKK member and the driver died in the explosion.

In another operation staged by the Turkish security forces in Silvan town of Diyarbakir province, two PKK militants were also killed, added the report.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, increased its attacks on Turkish forces in recent months, leading to Turkey's demand for cross-border chase into Iraqi territories.

The PKK 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.

Source: Xinhua


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