3 PKK rebels killed in military operation in eastern Turkey

ANKARA, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Three rebels of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) were killed on Sunday in an operation of the Turkish security forces in the eastern province of Agri, an official statement said.
The operation was launched against the PKK after a group of its members set 11 trucks on fire in Tunceli province over the weekend, said the statement issued by Agri governor's office.
It added that the security forces and the PKK members exchanged fire at 16:45 local time (1345 GMT) in Somkaya village of Dogubayazit town during the operation on Tendurek Mountain, killing the three PKK members.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.
Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/xinhua/2012-07-09/content_6386157.html


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