Six dead in PKK attack on Turkish military police station

Türkiye Materials 31 August 2008 14:46 (UTC +04:00)

Four Turkish soldiers and two Kurdish separatists were killed early Sunday in an attack on a small military police station in eastern Turkey, the Dogan news agency reported.

Using long-range weapons, Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants opened fire on the station in the province of Bingol, the dpa reported.

Four gendarmes - military police responsible for security in rural areas - were killed in the initial attack and four wounded, Dogan reported. Operations were launched to capture those responsible.

Ankara blames the separatist group for the deaths of more than 32,000 people since the early 1980s when the PKK began its fight for independence or autonomy for the mainly Kurdish-populated south-east of Turkey.

The PKK is considered by the United States and the European Union to be a terrorist group.