Kurdish rebels attack police station in southeast

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Posted: Mar 24, 2016 6:04 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels on Thursday detonated a car bomb near a gendarmerie police station in southeast Turkey, causing at least one fatality and wounding 12 others, Turkish media reports said.

The attack targeted the Mermer gendarmerie station on a highway near the mostly-Kurdish town of Lice and touched off clashes between the soldiers and rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. It said ambulances were dispatched to the area.

The private Dogan news agency said one soldier was killed and 12 others wounded in the attack, adding that the military sent reinforcements to the area.

A fragile peace process between the PKK and the government broke down in July, leading to renewed violence between the rebels and the Turkish security forces. The conflict has killed hundreds of people, including more than 300 police officers and soldiers.

The PKK, which is fighting for autonomy for Kurds in the country's southeast, has been bombing police stations and military vehicles as part of its campaign while Kurdish militants, linked to the PKK, have been battling the Turkish forces in some urban districts. An offshoot of the PKK has also staged deadly suicide bombings in the capital, Ankara.

Turkey's military, meanwhile, has been attacking suspected PKK hideouts across the border in northern Iraq.

The latest aerial air offensive was on Wednesday, when Turkish F-16 and F-4 jets raided 11 PKK targets - ammunition depots, bunkers and shelters among them, the military said Thursday.

The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and its allies.