Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:0PM
A file image of PKK members

A file image of PKK members

At least eight police officers have been killed in an explosion of a mine planted by members of outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in eastern Turkey. The incident occurred early Sunday after the roadside mine ripped through a Turkish police vehicle in the Karliova district of Bingol Province, injuring nine other police forces. Earlier on Saturday, four Turkish soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack by the group’s members on the Hakkari-Cukurca highway in the southeastern province of Hakkari. Security forces launched a large-scale investigation into the incident, and a manhunt is underway to apprehend the perpetrators. Turkish authorities say army has killed more than 80 PKK members in Hakkari over the past week in a major operation involving air strikes and several thousands of ground troops. PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead. AO/JR
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