Kurdish militants kill Turkish soldier in attack

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, May 2 (Reuters) - Kurdish guerrillas killed one Turkish soldier and injured another in an attack in southeast Turkey overnight, security sources said on Sunday.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels armed with rifles launched the assault near a military command post at Lice in the province of Diyarbakir, killing a lieutenant.

The firefight came 24 hours after another PKK attack on a military station in the eastern province of Tunceli, killing four soldiers and injuring seven in what marked an escalation in conflict in the region.

Operations against the PKK were continuing in the region.

The PKK, whose rebels are mainly based in northern Iraq, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984 with the aim of creating a separate homeland in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

The fighting has eased since PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was captured and jailed in 1999, but generally flares up as the weather warms in the spring. (Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan, writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Matthew Jones)