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    Two Turkish soldiers killed in a southeastearn province

    Hurriyet English with wires
    22.05.2008 - 09:14 | Son Güncelleme:

    Two Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with outlawed PKK separatists in a southeastern province of Turkey. Three outlawed PKK separatists were killed during the operations carried out in response to the PKK ambush, the Dogan News Agency reported.(UPDATED)

    Two Turkish soldiers were killed in the clashes that took place in the mountainous region near the town of Beytussebap, in Sirnak province of Turkey, the General Staff said on Thursday in a statement posted on its website. Another Turkish soldier was wounded in the clashes, it added. 

    The clash with the outlawed separatists continued until 3 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Thursday. Turkish troops are conducting a search in the area to find the terrorists, the Anatolian Agency reported.

    Turkey and most of the international community, including the EU and the U.S., consider the PKK a terrorist organization.          

    Turkish helicopter gunships strafed the PKK positions and artillery units shelled their mountain hideouts near the border with Iraq on Thursday in response to the PKK ambush that killed two Turkish soldiers, the Dogan News Agency reported, adding three outlawed PKK separatists were killed in the operations.

    Turkish troops fired howitzers and mortars to pound the PKK positions on both Kato Mountain and Cudi Mountain in Turkey's Sirnak province, Dogan news agency reported. Tanks and armored cars were also seen moving toward the area, it added. Transport helicopters carried commandos to rocky hills, the agency said.

    The mountains are located some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the Iraqi border and are used by outlawed PKK separatists to sneak deeper inside Turkish territory from bases in neighboring Iraq.

    The military unit came under attack as it tried to seal off a strategic point on Mt. Kato, the agency added.

    Photo: DHA



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