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  10 Turkish troops killed by Kurds

10 Turkish troops killed by Kurds

AFP
Published : Sep 27, 2016, 6:32 am IST
Updated : Sep 27, 2016, 6:32 am IST

Ten members of the Turkish security forces were killed in two separate attacks in southeastern Turkey on Monday blamed on the outl-awed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), local media reported.

Ten members of the Turkish security forces were killed in two separate attacks in southeastern Turkey on Monday blamed on the outl-awed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), local media reported.

Two soldiers and two village guards — locals employed to combat Kurdish militants — were killed and six others wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Mardin province, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The bomb, planted by the PKK, exploded when a vehicle carrying the forces passed by, it said. The authorities have launched an operation to hunt down the “terrorists” who fled, it added. In a separate incident, six Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with the PKK on a highway by the town of Uludere near the Iraqi border, the private Dogan news agency reported. Another soldier was wounded in clashes that erupted at a checkpoint near a prison on the highway, according to Dogan.

The PKK, designated as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies, has waged a bloody campaign against the Turkish state since it took up arms in 1984 for self-rule in the Kurdish majority southeast. The Turkish Army, meanwhile, said eight PKK members were “neutralized” on Sun-day in ground and air operations in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border, Anadolu reported.

Location: Turkey, Istanbul