Nineteen dead as Kurdish rebels attack soldiers in Turkey

August 5, 2012 11:52


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TUNCELI, Turkey - Six Turkish soldiers, two state militiamen and 11 Kurdish militants were killed after the rebels attacked military outposts in southeast Turkey, security sources said on Sunday.

Another 16 soldiers and six civilians were wounded in the simultaneous attacks overnight on the three bases on the outskirts of the town of Cukurca in Hakkari province, which borders Iraq, said the sources who declined to be named.

Clashes between the military and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have intensified in recent weeks in a conflict that has dragged on for 28 years and claimed 40,000 mainly Kurdish lives.

Some analysts in Turkey warn of a widening conflict after Kurds in northern Syria, some of whom are aligned with the PKK, assert themselves amid a power vacuum as Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops crack down on rebels elsewhere in the country.

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