11 PKK rebels killed in clash in east Turkey

16:28, July 01, 2010      

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Turkish security forces killed 11 rebels of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in clash in Siirt province of east Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.

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

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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