Three Kurdish fighters killed in Turkey

Three fighters from the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party have been killed in a shootout with the police in the southeastern Turkish city of Van, officials said.

    PKK called off a five-year unilateral ceasefire in June 2004

    Two fighters were injured and then captured, they said on Thursday. T

    he shootout, which erupted late on Wednesday in a residential neighbourhood, was part of a security operation in the city against the PKK after a policeman was killed at the weekend when PKK fighters opened fire on a police station, Anatolia news agency reported.

    Unrest in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast has markedly escalated this year after the PKK called off a five-year unilateral ceasefire in June 2004.

    On Wednesday, the group extended a truce it proclaimed last month to 3 October.

    The security forces, however, have brushed this aside and clashes in the region continue.

    Some 37,000 people have been killed since 1984 when the PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the European Union and the United States, took up arms for Kurdish self-rule in the southeast.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    We visualised 1.2 million votes at the UN since 1946. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world today?

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.