At least four die as violence flares in eastern Turkey

By REUTERS
September 5, 2015 20:12
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ANKARA - Clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in eastern Turkey killed at least four people on Saturday in the latest flare up of violence since the collapse in July of a two-year-old ceasefire.

One civilian was killed and a district official from the ruling AK Party was wounded by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters in Semdinli district of Hakkari province, close to Turkey's borders with Iraq and Iran, security sources said.

The attack happened after a car carrying the two victims refused to stop at a roadblock thrown up by the outlawed PKK, and the militants opened fire.

In the town of Cizre, two people were killed in clashes between security forces and suspected PKK militants, according to the town's mayor, Leyla Imret.

"Many others are wounded," she told a Kurdish TV station, without giving further details. Gunfire and explosions were heard in the town on Saturday.

Clashes between Turkish troops and the militants, who have bases in the mountains of nearby northern Iraq, have become a daily occurrence since the ceasefire fell apart, leaving peace negotiations to end the 30-year-old insurgency in tatters.

Authorities on Friday imposed a curfew in Cizre district in a bid to disrupt the PKK, local media reported.


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