Four more Kurd rebels killed in Turkey: report

AFP , Wednesday 20 Jun 2012

Turkish official media reports that at least four Kurdish rebel killed in exchange of fire with the Turkish army near the border with Iraq

Turkey's military Wednesday shot dead four more Kurdish rebels in ongoing clashes in southeastern Turkey, bringing the death toll to 32, reported the Anatolia news agency quoting local officials.

Fighting between soldiers and Kurdish rebels erupted early Tuesday when a group of rebels attacked on an army post in the Yuksekova town in Hakkari province near the border with Iraq, said Anatolia.

The ongoing clashes have so far left eight soldiers and 24 rebels dead, and wounded another 19 soldiers, it added.

Ground troops and combat helicopters were pursuing the assailants, media reported.

This mountainous region of Turkey is often the scene of clashes between security forces and Kurdish rebels, who escalate their attacks in the summer months.

Turkish warplanes generally bomb PKK hideouts in retaliation for attacks on troops.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey and by much of the international community, took up arms in the Kurdish-majority southeast Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

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