Media: Kurdish rebels kill 5 Turkish soldiers

AP News
Posted: Sep 24, 2011 3:41 PM
Media: Kurdish rebels kill 5 Turkish soldiers

Kurdish rebels attacked a Turkish army outpost on Saturday, killing five soldiers and wounding 10 in the country's southeast, the state broadcaster said. Three rebels also were killed.

The guerrillas attacked the post near the town of Pervari in Siirt province, said the state-run TRT television. Authorities were not immediately available for comment.

The rebels planted mines in the area to prevent or slow down army reinforcements, and also were firing on helicopters taking troops to the area, the Hurriyet newspaper said on its website, citing unidentified local sources. Three rebels were killed in the ensuing clash, said TRT television.

On Saturday night, the rebels also attacked the local police headquarters and another army post in the town of Hani in Diyarbakir province, TRT said. At least two policemen were wounded, the channel said.

Kurdish rebels have dramatically escalated their war for autonomy since July, killing dozens of security personnel and at least 10 civilians _ including three people in a car bomb attack in the Turkish capital earlier this week.

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The attacks came after Turkish warplanes started to bomb suspected Kurdish rebel hideouts in neighboring northern Iraq in mid-August in response to the surge in rebel violence.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people since the rebels took up arms in 1984.