Thursday, July 19, 2012

One soldier killed, 3 wounded in clashes with PKK in east Turkey

Location of Gürpınar (District), Van within Tu...
Location of Gürpınar (District), Van within Turkey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ANKARA, July 18 (Xinhua) -- One soldier of the Turkish security forces was confirmed dead and three others were wounded in clashes with members of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, local Dogan News Agency reported.

A group of PKK members opened fire Wednesday afternoon when the security forces were on duty in Elacmaz village of Gurpinar town in Van province, leaving one soldier dead and three others injured, said the report.

Security forces were sent to capture the PKK members who escaped from the scene, according to the report.

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.

2012-07-19 08:01:16

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