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Killed in Fighting Between Turkish Troops and Kurds Near Iraq Border

03 November 2017

It said nine other policemen were wounded during a security operation against the Kurdish group in the city.

Separately, President Tayyip Erdogan said another five PKK militants were killed in clashes in the southeastern province of Tunceli. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the suspected militant of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, threw a hand grenade to try and stave off the officers.

Six soldiers and two military security guards were killed yesterday in clashes with the PKK in the province of Hakkari which borders Iraq.

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In Hakkari's Semdinli district, 34 PKK terrorists were killed as they attempted to flee northern Iraq, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The 10 injured officers were rushed to hospital but one succumbed to his wounds, the statement added.

Moreover, at least eight PKK militants were killed in airstrikes carried out by the Turkish Air Force in northern Iraq, the military said on November 3.

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The PKK has been fighting a war with Turkey for over 30 years, seeking independence from the Turkish central government for the Kurdish southeast. Over 40,000 people have been killed since it launched its insurgency in Turkey in 1984.

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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Killed in Fighting Between Turkish Troops and Kurds Near Iraq Border