Turkish soldier killed in clash with PKK rebels

09:10, June 17, 2010      

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A soldier from the Turkish security forces was killed in a clash with militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey Wednesday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

The armed clash between PKK rebels and the Turkish security forces occurred near Uludere Town of Sirnak Province bordering Iraq, according to the report.

The Turkish security forces had launched a large-scale operation fighting against the region's PKK militants, the report said.

On Tuesday, a Turkish soldier was killed when a hand-made explosive planted by PKK members went off in rural area near Uludere town, Sirnak's government office said in a statement.

The PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey and has been listed as a terrorist organization by the Turkish government, the United States and the European Union.

Some 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts fuelled by PKK 's separatist campaign in Turkey.

Source: Xinhua


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