Turkish troops kill seven PKK militants in clash

March 22, 2012 11:54


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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Turkish security forces killed seven Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey near the Iraqi border on Thursday, security officials said, in a second day of clashes after violent unrest in the region over the Kurdish new year.

Cobra attack helicopters targeted a group of 30 to 40 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters holed up on Cudi mountain in troubled Sirnak province, the officials said.

Intense fighting raged in the area and one PKK militant was captured by troops lowered onto the mountain from helicopters.

Six special forces police were wounded in the battles, the sources said, a day after five of their colleagues were killed in the same operation.

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