Landmine kills soldier, injures four others (Turkey)

A soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a landmine blast Tuesday at a paramilitary police station blamed on separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an official statement said.


The mine was set off by remote control as soldiers were checking a vehicle delivering food supplies to their station in the village of Kocakoç, in Tunceli province in eastern Turkey, a statement from the local governor's office said.
It said the mine had been planted by members of the PKK.
Six people, including the driver of the food delivery vehicle, were detained in connection with the incident.
The PKK is active in Tunceli and have often targeted military outposts in the region.
In June, seven soldiers and a militant were killed when a group of PKK members attacked an outpost in Tunceli with hand grenades and firearms.
In a separate incident Tuesday, another soldier was killed in clashes between the army and the PKK in the southeastern province of Şırnak, security sources said.
The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara and much of the international community, has notably stepped up violence this year.
The group has been fighting for self-rule in Turkey's east and southeast since 1984. The conflict has claimed more than 37,000 lives.

Von:, 27.09.2007

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