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Two Turkish soldiers shot dead in southeast

Turkey Materials 5 July 2011 12:24
Two soldiers of the Turkish security forces were shot dead in southeastern Turkey Tuesday morning, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.
Two Turkish soldiers shot dead in southeast

Two soldiers of the Turkish security forces were shot dead in southeastern Turkey Tuesday morning, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

The soldiers were on their way to work in civilian clothes when they came under an armed attack in Yuksekova town of Hakkari province, said the report.

They were immediately taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, but died there, said the report.

A wide-scale operation is underway in the town to arrest those responsible for the attack, and the banned PKK is highly suspected as being behind such attacks, Xinhua reported.

Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) took up arms in 1984 in order to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey.

Some 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the PKK for the past over two decades.

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