Kurdish rebels killed in Turkey clashes

Five Kurdish rebels have been killed in clashes with government troops in mainly Kurdish south-eastern Turkey, Anatolia news agency reported.

    The renamed PKK called off a ceasefire with Ankara on 1 June

    Four of the rebels were killed in fighting in a mountainous area in the province of Sirnak, where security forces had last week launched an operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), now known as KONGRA-GEL.

      

    The soldiers also seized a "large number" of weapons and discovered food supplies in caves used by the rebels, Anatolia said on Friday, adding that the operation in the region was continuing.

      

    A fifth rebel was killed on Thursday night in a clash in a rural area in the nearby province of Diyarbakir, Anatolia said.

     

    The PKK, which has waged a 15-year war for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish eastern and south-easterns regions of Turkey, called off a five-year unilateral ceasefire with Ankara on 1 June.

      

    Since then, the group has been blamed for a series of deadly attacks on security forces and the bombings in August of two hotels in Istanbul, in which two people were killed.

    SOURCE: AFP


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