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Turkish Troops Kill 10 Kurdish Rebels


Turkish officials say soldiers have killed 10 Kurdish guerrillas in a clash in a remote area of southeast Turkey.

Local authorities said Sunday that soldiers pursued militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during a four-day operation in Sirnak province, and were involved in a firefight after the rebels failed to surrender. Officials say the soldiers also confiscated weapons and explosives during the operation.

The clash coincided with a bomb attack at a resort in western Turkey which killed five people. Officials blame Saturday's bombing on the PKK, but the separatist group denies any involvement in the attack.

The PKK took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984 with the aim of establishing an ethnic homeland in southeast Turkey. More than 30,000 people have died in the conflict.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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