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Turkish Security Officer, Kurdish Rebel Killed in Clashes


Turkish authorities say a security officer and a Kurdish rebel have been killed in clashes in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast.

They say the two died in Siirt province Tuesday. Authorities say the rebel was a member of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.

The violence is the latest in southeastern Turkey. In March, clashes erupted at funerals for some of the 14 Kurdish guerrillas killed by Turkish security forces in Diyarbakir.

The PKK has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey's southeastern region since 1984. More than 30,000 people have been killed. The PKK guerrillas are based mainly in the mountains of southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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