30 dead as Kurdish rebels clash with Turkish forces
Kurdish rebels wielding rocket launchers and machine-guns attacked a security base in southeast Turkey, triggering a firefight that left 30 people dead, local officials said Monday. Ten soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the attack in the province of Sirnak, the local government said, while other sources said about 20 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were also killed.
Provincial governor Vahdettin Ozkan said the militants had attacked the security complex at Beytussebap, which lies about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Iraqi border, late Sunday. Police and soldiers returned fire, triggering some of the deadliest clashes with the rebels seen in months.
‘The fight against terrorism will continue in all its aspects,’ Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in televised remarks.
In another incident in the southeast late Sunday, clashes erupted when rebels refused to heed police calls to stop at a checkpoint on a highway in the province of Sanliurfa and instead shot at police, NTV television reported. Three members of the security forces and one civilian were wounded, along with one Kurdish rebel in the fighting in the province which borders Syria, according to the private television station.
Rebels in the vehicle attempted to
run away flee the scene but were blocked by security forces, and one left the car and blew himself up, NTV said. It said police had received tip-offs that Kurdish suicide bombers had infiltrated from neighbouring Syria for attacks inside Turkey.
|Suggesting that the Syrian Kurds are allowing the PKK to use their territory as sanctuary. That's gonna upset the Turks no end...|
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