Kurdish rebels kill 3 Turkish soldiers

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Posted: Aug 01, 2011 10:38 AM
Kurdish rebels kill 3 Turkish soldiers

Authorities say Kurdish rebels killed three soldiers and wounded four others in an attack on a military vehicle in southeastern Turkey.

The governor's office in Van province says the militants used automatic weapons in the Monday attack near the village of Gedikbasi. It says the vehicle of a local governor was also hit.

The rebels have killed more than 20 Turkish soldiers in intensified attacks over the past two weeks. The clashes also left about 10 rebels dead.

Rebels affiliated with the Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK, are waging a campaign for autonomy in the largely Kurdish southeast. The conflict has killed about 40,000 people since 1984.