Kurdish rebels extend ceasefire: Report

Turkey has ignored all PKK ceasefire declarations in the past.

Ankara: A news agency says Kurdish rebels have extended by a week a unilateral ceasefire that they declared for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The suspension of attacks, declared on August 13, would have expired on Monday. But the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency quotes the rebel Kurdistan Workers` Party, or PKK, as saying the group will assess the situation in Turkey before deciding next week whether to extend its cease-fire.

Turkey has ignored all PKK ceasefire declarations in the past and violence has continued. Nine people were killed in a roadside bomb attack on a minibus in southeastern Turkey last week. The government blamed the

PKK but the rebels denied responsibility.
The PKK has been fighting for autonomy since 1984.

Bureau Report

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