17 dead in clashes in south-east Turkey
Two Turkish soldier and three members of a government-supported militia have been killed in an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, Turkey's military said Thursday.
The military also said that 12 PKK members were also killed in the clash, DPA reported.
The incident took place late on Wednesday in a rural area in the eastern province of Siirt. The clash took place when members of the PKK tried to attack a military outpost, the statement said.
There has been a marked increase in clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces in recent months. Some 20 Turkish soldiers have been killed in the recent attacks.
An offshoot of the PKK has also been blamed for a the bombing last week of a a military bus in Istanbul which left six dead.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. The group had previously called for the creation of an independent Kurdish state but now says it is fighting for increased political and cultural rights for Turkey's Kurdish minority.