TURKEY - Apr 26 - Six PKK Militants Killed In Eastern Turkey Clashes.
Six Kurdish militants were killed during clashes in eastern Turkey,
the local governor's office said, adding to a recent upsurge in
conflict between the Turkish armed forces and separatist guerrillas. Two
Turkish soldiers also were reported killed on Apr 25 in the fighting
between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and security forces
in the Genc district of eastern Bingol province, according to a PKK
website. The Bingol governor's office said in a statement that one
militant was captured alive. Three Turkish soldiers and three PKK
militants were killed in clashes on Apr 24. The arrival of milder spring
weather typically fuels conflict in the region. Talks between Turkey and
the PKK to end the violence broke down and scores of militants, soldiers
and civilians have been killed since then. Hundreds have been arrested
on charges of secretly supporting the PKK. Earlier this month, PKK
militants killed two soldiers and wounded three along the Iraqi border.
In March, Turkish security forces killed 15 female Kurdish militants in
southeastern Bitlis province while rebels killed five special forces
police officers in Sirnak province the same month. More than 40,000
people have been killed in the fighting since the PKK took up arms in
1984. The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US
and the EU.