Turkish troops missing after raid

Türkiye Materials 22 October 2007 21:30 (UTC +04:00)

(BBC) - Eight Turkish troops are still missing after an attack by Kurdish rebels on Sunday that left 12 dead, the Turkish military has confirmed. The statement came as a news agency believed to be linked to the rebels named seven of the missing troops.

Protests in Turkey have put pressure on the government to launch raids on rebel positions inside Iraq, but Ankara has vowed to pursue political solutions.

Iraq's president says the rebels are set to announce a ceasefire.

The office of Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, said the offer would be made on Monday evening.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has been blamed for recent attacks that have left more than 40 Turkish soldiers and civilians dead.