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Rebels Attack Turkey Security Forces   07/30 06:25

   ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Kurdish rebels have attacked Turkish security forces 
in two separate assaults in southeast Turkey, killing five people, officials 
said. One rebel was also killed.

   The assaults come amid renewed violence between Turkish forces and the 
autonomy-seeking Kurdish insurgents, fighting that has shattered a fragile 
peace process that the two sides started in 2012.

   The military said rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, launched 
an attack Thursday on soldiers protecting a military convoy in Sirnak province, 
near the border with Iraq. Three soldiers, including an officer, died. The 
military responded with a counter-offensive that killed one PKK rebel.

   In an earlier attack, Kurdish rebels opened fire late Wednesday on a tea 
house in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, killing a police officer and a 
civilian.

   Violence has flared in the region in the past week, with Turkey launching 
raids against PKK positions in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey, and the 
rebels escalating attacks against Turkey's security forces. Meanwhile, Turkey 
has also been cracking down on the Islamic State group.


(KA)


 
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