Six people killed, eight wounded in attacks in Turkey's southeast

August 14, 2015 23:51


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DIYARBAKIR - Six people were killed and eight wounded on Friday as violence between Kurdish militants and Turkish soldiers flared up again in Turkey's southeast, security sources and the military said.

Fighting between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the military has broken out almost daily over the last month. The PKK has been hitting military targets after Ankara resumed air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq in what it calls a "synchronized war on terror".

Friday's bloodshed came a day before the 31th anniversary of the PKK's first attacks. The group, deemed a terrorist group by both Washington and Ankara, has waged an insurgency for greater Kurdish autonomy that has left 40,000 dead.

Three soldiers were killed and six wounded - one critically - in the southeastern province of Hakkari after PKK militants opened fire with long-range rifles and rocket launchers, the military confirmed in a statement.

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