6 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with PKK
Six Turkish troops were killed Tuesday and five others wounded during clashes with the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey, Xinhua quoted Anadolu news agency as reporting.
Five soldiers died and three others injured in fighting with the PKK militants in Eruh town of the Sirnak Province, the report quoted security officials as saying.
Another conflict between the Turkish troops and the PKK in Hakkari province killed one soldier and wounded two others, the report said.
The wounded soldiers were taken to local military hospitals, while additional troops had been deployed to the region, according to the report.
Established in 1978, the PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Some 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts over the past two decades.
Turkey's military forces have taken tougher actions against the PKK after the country's legislature gave the government mandate to launch cross-border operations against the rebels in northern Iraq in October 2007 and extended it in 2008.
It is estimated that there are a total of 5,000 PKK militants, the majority of whom are holed up in northern Iraq where the PKK headquarters is situated.