Clashes in Turkey kill 3 soldiers, 2 PKK militants

May 4, 2012 14:09


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TUNCELI, Turkey - Turkish security forces fought with Kurdish militants in clashes that killed three soldiers and two separatist fighters in eastern Turkey, security officials said on Friday.

The soldiers were killed when Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters opened fire on Turkish troops raiding suspected militant hideouts in the mountainous Tunceli province, the officials said.

A group of around 15-20 PKK militants had been planning attacks on the Tunceli town center, they said. Army helicopters ferried special forces teams to the area at dawn on Friday, but their operations were hindered by heavy fog and rain.

There was no immediate information on PKK casualties.

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