17 killed in Turkey as gov't fights Kurdish rebels

July 1, 2010 15:37


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ANKARA, Turkey — Fighting between security forces and Kurdish rebels near Iraqi border has killed 12 guerrillas, two Turkish soldiers and three government-paid village guards, the military reported Thursday.

Clashes erupted late Wednesday after a group of rebels fired long-range weapons and rockets at a military unit in Siirt province. Four soldiers were injured in the attack, and two of them died while being evacuated.

Separately, another group of rebels ambushed government-paid village guards who were patrolling a road in the area, killing three.

The military immediately sent unmanned drones and attack helicopters, which fired on rebels trying to escape. The armed forces recovered 12 bodies of suspected rebels.

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