Nine Kurdish militants have been killed in an anti-rebel operation by Turkish soldiers.

Two of the rebels killed during Friday's military offensive in Tunceli province were women. The deaths follow the killing of three soldiers during an ambush by Kuridstan Workers Party fighters in Bingol province.

Authorities say soldiers confiscated a large cache of weapons and explosives during Friday's operation.

There has been an increase in rebel violence recently. The military operations against the Kuridstan Workers Party, also known as the PKK, comes amid declarations this week by the European Court of Human Rights that the trial of the group's leader, Abdullah Ocalan, was not fair.

The PKK has been fighting for an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey for more than two decades. More than 30,000 people have died since their revolt began in 1984.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.