10 Turkish Soldiers, 20 Kurdish Militants Killed in Southern Clashes

PKK Fighters Attacked Base Near Iraq Border

Members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked a Turkish military base in the southeastern ┼×irnak Province today, sparking a multi-hour gunbattle which left 30 people dead.

10 Turkish soldiers were among the slain, and seven soldiers were also wounded in the attack, which began when the PKK fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades at their base in Beytussebap, not far from the Iraqi border.

Another smaller attack was carried out late last night in the nearby Sanilurfa Province, attacking police at the checkpoint and wounding three. One PKK fighter was also reported wounded.

Attacks along the Iraq border have become a regular occurrence in Turkey, as the war with the PKK, which has been going on for decades, picks up pace. Late last month, PKK rebels attacked a convoy, killing six soldiers and losing 26 of their own fighters.

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