2 Turkish soldiers wounded in Kurdish rebels' attack

2014-08-22 08:05:31 GMT2014-08-22 16:05:31(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ANKARA, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Two Turkish soldiers were wounded in an attack by rebels of the banned Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in eastern Turkey late on Thursday, private Dogan news agency said on Friday.

A group of PKK militants attacked a gendarmerie station in Diyadin town of Agri province, the report said, adding that two Turkish soldiers were wounded when exchanging fire with the PKK rebels, one in serious condition.

The incident came just three days after a group of protesters tried to prevent security forces from enforcing a court ruling to remove the statue of PKK founder Mahsum Korkmaz in southeastern Diyarbakir province.

Earlier on Wednesday, suspected PKK members fired at Gendarmerie Command Kocakoy Town in Diyarbakir province and fled the scene after the Turkish security forces responded, local Today 's Zaman reported.

The Turkish authorities started peace negotiations with the PKK in October 2012, which led to a cease-fire in March 2013, and PKK fighters started to return to their strongholds in northern Iraq in May 2013.

The PKK, which has been listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and some other countries, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland for the Kurds in southeastern Turkey. Since then, more than 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

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