Kurdish militants attack Turkish security outposts, seven killed

August 13, 2015 13:14


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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Kurdish militants launched attacks on military outposts in eastern Turkey overnight and seven of their fighters were killed in ensuing clashes with security forces, the Turkish armed forces said on Thursday.

The attacks are the latest in a recent surge of violence between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group which has undermined a near three-year-old peace process.

In the southeastern town of Silopi, near the borders with Iraq and Syria, PKK fighters opened fire with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades on a military base, triggering a firefight in which four militants were killed, the general staff of Turkey's armed forces said in a statement.

The PKK also launched similar simultaneous attacks on Wednesday evening on a military base and police station in the town of Diyadin in Agri province, near the Iranian border, and three militants were killed in the subsequent clash, it said.

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