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PKK attack kills 8 Turkish soldiers - UPDATED
Eight soldiers died and forteen others were wounded in a PKK attack on a military outpost in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari.
Saturday, 19 June 2010 09:48

 

Eight soldiers were killed and 14 others were wounded Saturday in an attack staged by PKK on a military outpost in Semdinli town of the southeastern province of Hakkari.

Meanwhile, 12 PKK militans were also killed inthe clashes.

Members of PKK staged an attack on a military outpost, situated in Gediktepe hamlet between Semdinli's Tekeli, Gunyazi and Ortaklar villages across Turkey's border with Iraq, Anadolu Agency said.

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An information note posted in the official website of the Turkish General Staff said a group of terrorists attacked a military outpost in Semdinli at around 02:00 a.m. 

The General Staff said 8 soldiers were killed and 14 others were wounded in the attack. 12 terrorists were killed by Turkish soldiers during the skirmish. 

The wounded soldiers were rushed to hospitals. Reinforcements were dispatched to the area. Turkish artillery shelled the possible escape routs while helicopters provided air support. Meanwhile, Turkish jets bombed the PKK terrorist camps in north of Iraq.

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Clash erupted between the security forces and terrorists. According to preliminary reports, seven soldiers died and eight others were wounded in the attack.

The injured were hospitalized in Semdinli and Hakkari.

There has been an increase in separatist violence in the mainly Kurdish southeast in recent weeks, as warmer weather brings increased infiltration of PKK rebels from the mountains of northern Iraq, where several thousand of them are based.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since the PKK launched its armed insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984 with the aim of creating an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey. 
 

Agencies