TUNCELI, Turkey May 16 Kurdish fighters
attacked a military outpost in eastern Turkey on Friday,
wounding two soldiers, security sources said, in a rare outbreak
of violence 14 months after the militants' leader declared a
ceasefire as part of a peace process.
It was unclear how many fighters were involved or whether it
marked an end to the ceasefire.
The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants armed with
rifles attacked troops guarding the construction of the new
outpost in the province of Tunceli, triggering retaliatory fire,
the sources said.
Military helicopters landed reinforcements in the area and
sporadic clashes continued for several hours, they said. The
wounded soldiers were taken to hospital in neighbouring Elazig
province for treatment.
There was no immediate comment from the PKK.
A soldier was killed by an explosive device in southeast
Turkey in March, the first such death since the jailed PKK
leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his fighters to halt
hostilities last year.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 in a bid to carve out an ethnic
homeland, but it has since scaled back its demands to greater
political and cultural rights for Turkey's estimated 15 million
Ocalan, a prisoner on an island near Istanbul, and Turkish
authorities began negotiations in late 2012 in an effort to end
a conflict that has killed more than 40,000 people, mainly
Kurds, in three decades.
(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonny Hogg and Pravin