One Turkish soldier killed in clash with PKK rebels in southeast

Türkiye Materials 8 July 2011 14:10 (UTC +04:00)

One soldier of the Turkish security forces was killed in a clash with the rebels of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeastern Turkey late Thursday, security officials said on Friday, Xinhua reported.

The staff sergeant was killed in the fire fight in the Pulumur town in the province of Tunceli during a sweeping mission which was launched after the PKK militants set ablaze a truck on Tuesday, the officials were quoted by the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

The security officials said that an operation was underway in the region with reinforcements.

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.