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    Turkish court charges five over deadly PKK attack

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    13.10.2008 - 16:08 | Son Güncelleme:

    A Turkish court on Monday charged and jailed pending trial five people in connection with a terror attack carried out by the PKK on a police bus in the country's southeast that claimed five lives

    Three suspected members of the outlawed PKK, which carried out last week's attack, were charged with membership in an illegal organization and carrying out armed attacks on its behalf.

    The two remaining suspects were charged with aiding and abetting. 

     

    Police are still questioning a sixth suspect and also looking for the alleged mastermind behind the attack in southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

     

    Two other people were released without charges after being questioned by police.

     

    At the weekend, the PKK claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack in which the assailants, armed with machine guns, opened fire on a bus carrying employees of the local police academy.

     

    The attack coincided with a parliamentary vote extending the government’s mandate to order strikes against PKK hideouts in northern Iraq.

     

    The army has stepped up operations against the PKK -- both inside Turkey and in northern Iraq -- since Oct. 3 when terrorists assaulted a Turkish border outpost near the border, killing 17 soldiers.

     

    The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the international community, including the EU and the United States.

     

    Photo: AA

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