Four killed in clash with Kurdish rebels in east Turkey

16:25, July 01, 2010      

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One soldier of the Turkish security forces and three village guards were killed in a clash with members of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in Turkey's eastern province of Siirt, an official statement said Thursday.

A group of the outlawed PKK rebels ambushed the guards in Sariyaprak village in Pervari town at around 23:00 local time Wednesday (2000 GMT), killing three of them, the Siirt governor's office said in a statement.

Clash between the PKK members and the Turkish security forces later erupted, during which one soldier died and another two wounded, the statement said.

It added the Turkish security forces had launched military operations in fight against the PKK in this region.

The armed forces have warned that the PKK might intensify attacks over the summer when more PKK guerrillas arrive in Turkey from mountainous areas in northern Iraq during warmer weather.

The PKK, labelled a terrorist group by the Turkish government, the United States and the European Union PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in the conflicts.

Source: Xinhua


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