Landmine explosion injures 15 in TURKEY

A total of 15 people were injured as a landmine planted by the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) exploded on a highway in the southeastern Turkish province of Hakkari yesterday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.


The explosion occurred when a military vehicle was passing near Hakkari's Yenimahalle Fatih Barracks, the report said, adding that seven soldiers, seven students and one civilian were wounded in the blast.
The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey,the United States and the European Union, has stepped up its attack in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeastern region in recent months.
Clashes between Turkish security forces and the PKK have killed more than 30,000 people since the PKK launched an armed campaign for an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey in 1984.

Von: 4/5/2006

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