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One soldier killed, six others wounded in clash with PKK in southeast Turkey

English.news.cn   2012-11-03 03:40:37            

ANKARA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Members of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) attacked a military outpost in southeast Turkey on Friday, killing at least one soldier of the Turkish security forces and wounding six others, a Turkish high-ranking official said.

Two PKK rebels were also killed in the ensuing clash after the attack on the gendarmery outpost near the Lice town of Diyarbakir province, Diyarbakir Governor Mustafa Toprak was quoted as saying by the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

Toprak said the wounded soldiers were rushed to hospitals in Diyarbakir for medical treatment, adding that air and ground security forces have launched a large-scale operation in the area.

Meanwhile, four Turkish fighter jets struck PKK bases in northern Iraq early Friday, local newspaper Today's Zaman reported on its website.

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: yan
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