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2 Turkish Soldiers Killed by Land Mine

Turkish officials say a land mine killed two soldiers Saturday in the latest violence with separatist fighters in the country's largely Kurdish southeast.

The officials say the blast wounded two other members of Turkey's security forces. The explosion came one day after Turkish forces killed six members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party during a clash in Sirnak, near the Iraqi border.

The Turkish army has stepped up operations in the southeast following a spike in violence in the region.

Turkey, the United States and the European Union consider the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) a terrorist organization.

More than 30,000 people have been killed since the PKK started fighting a separatist campaign in 1984.

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