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Two policemen injured by suspected PKK attack in SE Turkey

09-14-2011 16:11 BJT

ANKARA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Two police officers were heavily injured in an attack by a group suspected to be members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey, local Today's Zaman newspaper reported Wednesday.

The paper quoted witnesses as saying that three suspected PKK rebels attacked the traffic policemen late on Tuesday in the Pazarcik town of Kahramanmaras province and heavily injured two police officers who are identified as Haci Kalkan and Yavuz Bayal.

The injured officers were taken to the Pazarcik State Hospital for medical treatment, the paper said on its website.

The PKK, which recently stepped up its attacks in the east and southeast of Turkey, has killed more than 40 soldiers in the past few months.

Listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, the PKK took up arms in 1984 to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. More than 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the PKK during the past over two decades.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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