Kurdish rebels ambush minibus in Turkey; 12 dead

September 29, 2007 23:56

Kurdish rebels killed 12 people Saturday in a minibus carrying pro-government village guards and civilians in southeastern Turkey, a local official said. The rebels attacked the minibus in Sirnak province near the border with Iraq with machine guns, killing 7 village guards and five civilians, Governor Selahattin Apari said. Two others were wounded, but it was not clear if they were village guards or civilians. The ambush by autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels came a day after Turkey clinched a counter-terrorism pact with Iraq, where the rebels have bases. Despite Ankara's insistence, the Iraqi side refused to allow Turkey to send its troops across the border to chase the Kurdish rebels.

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