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Five Turkish soldiers wounded in PKK roadside bomb attack in SE Turkey  28.9.2011  

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September 28, 2011

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Five Turkish soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb attack in the southeastern Kurdish province of Tunceli, daily Hürriyet reported on its website Wednesday.

Soldiers were en route to respond to a kidnapping and arson attack by alleged members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, near the Pülümür district in Tunceli.

PKK members barricaded the road between Tunceli and Erzincan provinces near Pülümür district and kidnapped a pro-Turkish government village guard named İsmail Gürbüz.         

Five Turkish soldiers wounded in PKK roadside bomb attack in SE Turkey. Photo: DHA
The militants also took two petrol tankers to a nearby avalanche tunnel and set them on fire,www.ekurd.netcausing extensive damage to the tunnel.

Two civilians, including a child, and three Kurdish PKK rebels were killed in a clash between separatists and police in southeast Turkey, authorities and security sources said Tuesday, AFP reported.

The conflict occurred Monday night in the southeastern Kurdish province of Batman, when Turkish police units followed a car in the city centre they suspected was carrying members of PKK, security sources said.

Clashes between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces have escalated recently, causing civilian deaths.

Earlier this month, four people died in the Kurdish city of Semdinli in southeast Turkey, while four others were killed in Siirt when rebels opened fire on a civilian car during an attack to a police college.

Since August 17, Turkish jets carried out air strikes against the Kurdish PKK separatist group's bases in Iraqi Kurdistan region, the latest raid being on Friday, under justification of chasing elements of the anti-Ankara PKK, forcing large numbers of Kurdish citizens of those areas to desert their home villages, including an air raid that killed 7 Kurdish civilians in a village north of Kurdistan’s Sulaimaniyah city on August 21st.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 


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