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PKK member killed in military operation in eastern Turkey

English.news.cn   2012-09-02 17:27:30            

ANKARA, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- One member of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) was killed in a military operation in eastern Turkey, an official statement said Sunday.

Turkish security forces launched the military operation to fight against a group of PKK members who escaped after a mine exploded near Camli village of Baskale town in Van province on Saturday afternoon, said the statement issued by Van Governor's Office.

One soldier of the Turkish security forces was slightly injured in the clash, according to the statement.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

Editor: Yang Lina
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