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Turkish Forces Kill 12 Kurdish Rebels From Iraq

Turkey says its military forces have killed at least 12 Kurdish militants after they crossed the border from Iraq.

In a statement, the military said the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas were killed on May 13 and early on May 14 in the southeast province of Sirnak.

The PKK ended a cease-fire in February, and there have been fears of rising violence before parliamentary elections in June.

Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has threatened "war" unless the government enters talks after the election to end a separatist conflict that has dragged on for 27 years, killing more than 40,000 people.

compiled from agency reports