PKK kills two soldiers, attacks school bus (TURKEY)

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others wounded Tuesday in an ambush by separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members, while a remote-controlled landmine targeted a school bus, leaving two more soldiers injured, officials said.


PKK opened fire on soldiers on patrol near Semdinli, in southeastern Hakkari province, in an area close to the border with Iraq, killing two of them. Two others were wounded in the attack. In Pulumur, Tunceli province, some 650 kilometers (400 miles) northwest of Hakkari, the PKK set off a landmine by remote control as an armoured minibus carrying the children of local soldiers was passing, the officials said.

The children escaped the attack unscathed, but the explosion badly damaged a military escort vehicle following the minibus, wounding two soldiers, they said.

On Monday, security forces clashed with a group of about 150 mourners at the funeral of a PKK member killed in fighting in Bingöl three days ago, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The security forces moved to disperse the crowd with truncheons after mourners chanted slogans in favor of the PKK and its imprisoned leader, Abdullah Öcalan, and refused to disperse, Anatolia said.

There were no reports of injuries.

Von: 07.06.2006,

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