8 soldiers, 12 rebels killed in Turkey clashes

Kurdish rebels attacked a military outpost near the Iraqi border early today, sparking clashes in which 8 soldiers & 12 Kurdish rebels were killed.

Updated: Jun 19, 2010, 16:45 PM IST

Ankara (Turkey): Kurdish rebels attacked a
military outpost near the Iraqi border early today, sparking
clashes in which at least eight soldiers and 12 Kurdish rebel
fighters were killed, the military said. Fourteen other
soldiers were wounded in the fight.

The military immediately sent special forces as
reinforcements to the area as helicopter gunships and
artillery fire targeted rebel positions, the military said in
a statement.

Separately, Turkish warplanes attacked rebel positions
across the border in northern Iraq, it said.

Yesterday, Turkey`s military said it had killed as many
as 120 Kurdish rebels in an air raid on rebel hideouts in
northern Iraq last month and in a daylong incursion by elite
commandos into Iraq this week.

Kurdish rebels have dramatically stepped up attacks in
Turkey in recent months, posing a threat to a government
attempt to end one of the world`s longest guerrilla wars.

PTI