Turkey: 15 female Kurdish rebels killed

Officials say 15 female Kurdish rebel fighters have been killed in clashes with Turkish security forces in southeast Turkey.

Updated: Mar 24, 2012, 23:54 PM IST

Ankara: Officials say 15 female Kurdish rebel
fighters have been killed in clashes with Turkish security
forces in southeast Turkey.

An Interior Ministry statement today said the rebels --
members of the Kurdistan Workers` Party, or PKK -- were killed
in fighting that erupted in the mainly Kurdish province of
Bitlis.

It said a government-paid village guard, helping the
Turkish security forces, was also killed.

The ministry gave no other information.

The death toll is believed to be the highest number of
female PKK casualties killed at any one time. The PKK --
believed to have several units of female fighters -- is
fighting for autonomy in Turkey`s mainly Kurdish southeast.

Tens of thousands of people have died since the conflict
began in 1984.

PTI