Turkey hit by Kurdish unrest

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The Independent Online
ISTANBUL - Iran and Turkey yesterday played down Sunday's murderous battle between Turkish troops and separatist Kurdish rebels along the Iranian border, but unrest in south-east Turkey continued, writes Hugh Pope.

Six more 'terrorists', five of them women, were killed in a clash near Bingol, the Turkish authorities said, referring to the Kurdistan Workers Party. Guerrillas killed seven Turkish soldiers yesterday.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry called in a senior Iranian diplomat to discuss the 10-hour battle on Sunday, in which at least 43 rebels and 10 Turkish soldiers died. 'The Iranian charge . . . repeated Iran's determination to prevent terrorism in Turkey,' said a statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.