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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kurdish rebels kill 24 Turkish soldiers


Turkey’s Prime Minister says his country’s forces are in hot pursuit of Kurdish guerillas who killed 24 soldiers in attacks on Turkish military posts. Simon Hanna reports. At least 24 Turkish soldiers were killed and 18 wounded - the biggest single death toll for Turkish security forces in years. Ankara promised a swift and strong response, launching air raids on Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq. Turkish commandos also crossed the border in pursuit of the rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK. Underlying the gravity of the situation, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan cancelled a planned trip to Kazakhstan. Erdogan vowed to breathe down the necks of those responsible for the killing of the 24 soldiers. The Prime Minister said that wide reaching operations were underway in hunting down the rebels, within the framework of international law. Kurdish rebels took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984, and more than 40,000 people have since died in the conflict.

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