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Kurds blamed for Turkey bombing

5:24am EDT - 00:47

At least two members of Turkey's security forces have been killed and 24 wounded in a suicide blast blamed on Kurdish militants. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Two security force members were killed and 24 wounded in a suicide bombing attack overnight by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey's eastern province of Agri, the local governor's office said in a statement on Sunday. The attack was carried out with a tractor loaded with two tonnes of explosives on a gendarmarie outpost located in the Dogubeyazit district of eastern Agri province, bordering Iran, the governor's office said. One soldier was also killed in Turkey's southeastern province of Mardin when a military vehicle detonated a mine, local media reported. Eight soldiers were also wounded. Armed attacks by PKK militants in southeastern Turkey have increased since mid-July, much more so since Turkey began a campaign of air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq on July 24. In what Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called a "synchronised fight against terror", Ankara has granted access of its bases to the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State, however so far the majority of Turkey's air bombardment has been on PKK targets. Turkish officials have said the strikes against the PKK are a response to increased violence. Sunday's attacks have brought the number of security forces killed in attacks blamed on the PKK to at least sixteen, since July 20. Western allies, including NATO and the United States, have supported Turkey's actions but several have also urged it not to use excessive force or to let years of peace efforts with Kurdish militants collapse.

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Kurds blamed for Turkey bombing

5:24am EDT - 00:47