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Turkish troops kill 11 Kurdish militants near Iraqi border

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ANKARA, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - Turkish army units have killed 11 Kurdish insurgents and injured over 20 in the Hakkari province bordering Iraq, national media reported on Wednesday.

A total of 30 militants have been killed in the province since last weekend, when the Turkish army launched an operation in retaliation for a rebel attack on a local police station on May 9 that left six military servicemen dead.

The Turkish Air Force last carried out strikes on northern Iraq in mid-April. Turkey's General Staff then said the strikes were targeted at Kurdish militants, who were trying to penetrate Turkish territory to carry out attacks.

In February, the Turkish army held a large-scale cross border operation in northern Iraq, killing, according to official data, 240 militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous ethnic Kurd state in southeast Turkey for nearly 25 years. The conflict has so far claimed over 40,000 lives.

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