Three Turkish soldiers shot dead in 'terrorist' attack

A Turkish army convoy drives towards Mount Kupeli, in Sirnak province, southeast Turkey, on November 14, 2007Masked gunmen on Saturday shot dead three Turkish soldiers in the restive Kurdish-majority southeast of the country, the army said, blaming separatist “terrorists” for an attack that threatens to undermine a fragile ceasefire. The three soldiers were shot dead on the street in the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari province of Turkey’s extreme southeast bordering Iraq and Iran. The attackers escaped but a security operation was underway to apprehend them, the official Anatolia agency said. Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the three-decade-long insurgency waged by the outlawed PKK for Kurdish self-rule and greater rights in Turkey’s southeast.

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