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7 PKK fighters killed in clashes with army in SE Turkey
Members of the Kurdistan Workers
Members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) (file photo)
Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:31AM
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Turkish security forces have killed seven members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

The PKK militants were killed during clashes in a village near the border with Iran on Friday, Reuters quoted security sources as saying.

Earlier in the day, the Hakkari governor’s office issued a statement saying that 75 members of the PKK and four Turkish soldiers had died in battles since September 8.

On September 2, ten Turkish soldiers were killed and several others wounded in fighting between the Turkish Army and members of the PKK in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

Clashes between Turkish troops and members of the armed group have intensified in recent months.

Last month, PKK fighters targeted a military convoy and killed five Turkish soldiers in the town of Semdinli in Hakkari province. Turkish troops then struck back and killed 21 PKK members in clashes.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since the 1980s.

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