July 7, 2010 / 8:26 AM / 9 years ago

Turkish soldier killed, two wounded in PKK attack

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 7 (Reuters) - Kurdish guerrillas attacked a military outpost in southeast Turkey overnight, killing one soldier and wounding two others, security sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

The latest assault, part of an upsurge in violence since the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants called off a 14-month ceasefire at the start of June, was at Gercus in Batman province, they said.

Military reinforcements were sent to the Batman area on Wednesday to track down the rebels, a day after an attack on another base in the region left 15 people dead.

The PKK has stepped up its attacks after accusing the government of not being serious about a bid to boost Kurdish minority rights and end a separatist insurgency launched by the rebels in 1984.

Turkish political and military leaders on Tuesday voiced growing frustration over the level of support the United States and Iraq were giving Turkey in its fight against the militants.

Most of the PKK’s estimated 4,000 fighters are based in the mountains of neighbouring northern Iraq, from where they launch attacks on military targets in southeast Turkey. Washington provides intelligence on PKK movements to Ankara.

Turkey, the United States and European Union list the PKK as a terrorist group.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. (Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan, writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)



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