Kurdish blast kills at least seven soldiers
At least seven soldiers were killed in the eastern Turkish city of Tunceli yesterday when their armoured truck drove past a vehicle laden with explosives detonated by suspected Kurdish militants.
Ambulances arrived on the scene of the explosion as flames rose from two vehicles on a road through a thinly populated part of the provincial city.
Militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, have carried out a wave of attacks on military targets in recent months, stepping up their 28-year-old armed campaign.
The recent fighting has been some of the heaviest since the PKK took up arms in 1984 with the aim of carving out a Kurdish state.
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