DIYARBAKIR - Nine people were killed in separate clashes overnight, including six members of Turkey's security forces and three Kurdish militants, officials said on Saturday, as violence showed little sign of a letup in Turkey's troubled southeast.

Three special forces police officers and three Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were killed when gunbattles broke out along a highway in the remote province of Hakkari bordering Iraq and Iran, security sources said.

In a separate incident in Bitlis province northwest of Hakkari, three state-backed Kurdish village guards were killed when clashes broke out between PKK militants around 30 km from the provincial capital, the governor's office said.

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