Roadside bomb kills 10 aboard minibus in Turkey

A roadside bomb attack killed 10 people traveling on a minibus in the latest violence to shake Turkey`s turbulent southeast.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 20:18 PM IST

Ankara: A roadside bomb attack killed 10
people traveling on a minibus on Thursday in the latest violence to
shake Turkey`s turbulent southeast, where Kurdish guerrillas
have been fighting for autonomy for decades, authorities said.

Turkish troops launched an operation to hunt those
believed to be behind the attack, which also injured four
people including a 15-month-old baby near the village of
Gecitli in the rugged Hakkari province bordering Iran and
Iraq, Hakkari Gov Muammer Turker said.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to press ahead
with the fight against the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers`
Party, or PKK.

"These kinds of incidents will not deter us," Erdogan
said after the attack. "Terrorism has a cost but it will not
remain unanswered."

A brief scuffle broke out between Kurdish villagers and
soldiers arrived to investigate, after some villagers
allegedly refused to hand over a bag they found, CNN-Turk
television said. Soldiers could be seen firing shots into the
air while a youth was shown throwing a rock at troops.

Kurdish rebels have targeted military vehicles with
improvised explosive devices, with the latest such attack on
Wednesday in Hakkari province.

There have also been several other attacks on police over
the past week, which would violate a cease-fire the rebels
declared before a religious holiday as a pro-Kurdish party
called on the government to open dialogue with rebels for a
peaceful solution.

PTI