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Kurdish Rebels Kill 3 Turkish Soldiers

Security sources in Turkey say three soldiers have been killed in a clash with suspected Kurdish rebels in the southeastern part of the country.

Kurdish Rebels Kill 3 Turkish Soldiers
Kurdish Rebels Kill 3 Turkish Soldiers

Sources said Sunday the soldiers had encountered the members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, late Saturday on a road near the town of Nusaybin in Mardin province, which is close to the Syrian border.

Sources said two soldiers died at the scene, while a third died later at a military hospital.

Clashes between Turkish forces and Kurds have increased since the PKK called off a yearlong cease-fire in June. The group cited repeated Turkish military attacks for ending the truce.

The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey for more than 25 years.

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