Five Turkish soldiers killed in armed attack 2009-12-07 23:56:57   Print

    ANKARA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Five soldiers of the Turkish security forces were killed in an attack by terrorists in northeastern Turkey on Monday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

    Cihangir Guler, sub-governor of Resadiye town of Tokat province, was quoted as saying that some terrorists attacked a group of gendarmerie troops near Sazak Village in Resadiye, killing five soldiers and wounded some others.

    The number of killed soldiers may go up, said Guler, adding that the security forces are on their way to the site of the attack.

    Wounded soldiers were taken to the State Hospital in Resadiye and hospitals in Tokat for treatment, according to Anatolia's report.

    The report did not mention which group the attackers belong.

    The Turkish government have been striking hard militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

    Established in 1978, the PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Its separatist campaign has fuelled conflicts that have killed some 40,000 people in the country.

    It is estimated that there are a total of 5,000 PKK militants, the majority of whom are holed up in northern Iraq where the PKK headquarters is situated.

    The government announced in October that it would reveal a package plan to solve the Kurdish issue by improving democratic rights of the Kurdish group to win over its Kurdish citizens and erode support for the PKK. 

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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