ANKARA, Turkey – A roadside bomb attack killed nine people traveling on a minibus Thursday, authorities said, in the latest violence to shake Turkey's turbulent southeast, where Kurdish guerrillas have been fighting for autonomy for decades.
Turkish troops launched an operation to hunt those believed to be behind the attack, which also injured four people, including a 15-month-old baby, near the village of Gecitli in the rugged Hakkari province bordering Iran and Iraq, Hakkari Gov. Muammer Turker said.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to press ahead with the fight against the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The PKK later denied responsibility.
"These kinds of incidents will not deter us," Erdogan said after the attack. "Terrorism has a cost but it will not remain unanswered."
The rebels suggested it may have been the work of forces trying to discredit the group.