Turkey

PKK claims deadly ambush of Turkish soldiers

Jim Gordon/Wikipedia

The separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party said on Wednesday that it was responsible for the deadly ambush in which Ankara says eight Turkish soldiers were killed.

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Turkish media report that the death toll could rise as several other troops were seriously wounded, and they quote Turkey's defence minister Ismet Yilmaz saying "We'll retaliate in kind".

The attack took place in the Cukurca region of Hakkari province, close to the border with Iraq, according to Yimaz.

In mid-June, the PKK killed 13 soldiers in another southeastern province, Diyarbakir.

Turkey's conflict with the group, which is listed as terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States as well as Ankara, has led to the death of over 45,000 lives since it broke out in 1984.

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