ISTANBUL, April 2 (KUNA) -- Seven guerrillas from the Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) were killed in clashes in southeast Turkey, military sources said
A fight broke out in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border after soldiers
encountered a group of about 20 PKK rebels, said the sources, quoted by the
Turkish Ikhlas news agency.
The army launched an operation in Hakkari this week after three soldiers on
foot patrol were killed by a bomb. Thousands of soldiers are in the region,
the sources said.
The PKK, based largely in northern Iraq, said in April 2009 that it would
take no offensive action but has said in recent weeks it could resume attacks
if it is targeted by the Turkish military.
The rebels have waged a 25-year armed campaign for autonomy in the mainly
Kurdish southeast in a conflict that has claimed 44,000 lives. (end)
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