Diyarbakir (Turkey): Kurdish rebels killed
three Turkish soldiers and nine of their own died in an attack
on a military outpost in south-eastern Turkey, local security
officials said on Tuesday.
A group of militants from the Kurdistan Workers` Party
(PKK) attacked the outpost overnight yesterday in a rural area
not far from the borders with Iraq and Iran, officials said.
In addition to the 12 dead, three soldiers were wounded
in the ensuing fighting.
In a separate incident, five other soldiers were wounded
late yesterday in a rebel ambush in eastern Turkey, the
Anatolia news agency reported.
The PKK has significantly escalated its attacks against
Turkish forces in recent months with almost daily attacks
reported in eastern and southeastern Turkey.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much
of the international community, took up arms for Kurdish
self-rule in the southeast in 1984, sparking a conflict that
has claimed some 45,000 lives.