Saturday, June 26, 2010

Kurdish Separatists Kill Three in E. Turkey; Seek Autonomous State, More Political Rights

Kurdish guerrillas killed two soldiers and a woman in an ambush in eastern Turkey's Elazig province late on June 24, 2010, according to Reuters website.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels also wounded one soldier in the attack.

The PKK called off a unilateral ceasefire on June 1, and its fighters have killed more than 50 Turkish soldiers this past spring.

The PKK launched an armed campaign in 1984 to create an independent state of Kurds -- an ethnic Iranian Muslim group -- who make up about 15 percent of Turkey's population of 72 million people. The Kurds are also seeking more political rights in Turkey.

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