Turkish forces kill four Kurdish militants after robbery: governor

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Posted: Oct 07, 2015 3:34 AM

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Security forces hunting bank robbers killed four suspected Kurdish militants overnight in a southeastern Turkish province hit by months of clashes, the governor's office said.

Robbers raided an armored truck carrying money belonging to a state-run bank in the town of Bismil in Diyarbakir province, and got away with 110,000 Turkish lira ($37,000) and two guns, the office said in a statement.

Security forces sent out to catch them clashed with suspected militants late on Tuesday and killed four, it added, without saying whether they were the robbers.

Violence has erupted across Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast since July, wrecking a 2-1/2-year ceasefire between the government and fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Hundreds of PKK fighters and more than 120 police officers and soldiers have been killed in daily clashes.

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan and Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Andrew Heavens)