Tuesday 24 January 2017

Some 12 policemen killed in roadside bomb attack in Turkey

Published 08/09/2015 | 10:27

Sixteen soldiers were killed in a similar attack by the PKK on Sunday
Sixteen soldiers were killed in a similar attack by the PKK on Sunday

A roadside bomb explosion has killed 12 policemen in eastern Turkey after Turkish jets carried out air strikes against Kurdish rebels and their camps in northern Iraq, state media reports said.

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Kurdish rebels were suspected of detonating a bomb in the eastern province of Igdir as a police vehicle escorting a group of customs officials to a border gate was passing by, the Anadolu Agency reported.

A number of other officers were injured in the attack in the province which borders Armenia, the agency said.

The attack comes amid a sharp escalation of violence between Turkey's security forces and the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Sixteen soldiers were killed in a similar attack by the PKK on Sunday.

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