Sunday, August 5, 2012

19 die in PKK clashes in south Turkey

(CNN) -- Fighting between Kurdish rebels and government troops in southeastern Turkey killed more than a dozen people over the weekend, according to the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

Six soldiers, two village guards and 11 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, were killed when the rebels attacked a military station in the village of Gecimli in Hakkari province late Saturday night, the agency said.

Fifteen other soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Turkey has been fighting the PKK since 1984. Initially, the movement sought a separate homeland for Turkey's ethnic Kurdish minority. But now, the rebels say they are fighting for more linguistic and cultural freedoms.

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