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42 PKK militants killed in eastern Turkey

English.news.cn   2012-12-12 22:58:08            

ANKARA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- A total of 42 members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in operations in eastern Turkey, private Kanal D.TV news channel reported Wednesday.

According to a tip-off that a possible attack on a local police station was being planned, the Turkish security forces started the operations in Semdinli town of Hakkari province, said the report.

Nearly 90 PKK militants were approaching the station when the security forces intervened, 42 of them killed, said the report, adding that two PKK militants surrendered to the security forces.

Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the PKK took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts fuelled by PKK's separatist campaign in Turkey.

Editor: yan
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