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Three Turkish Soldiers Killed By Mine

9 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 13 wounded when their vehicle hit a mine in southeast Turkey today.

Turkey's semi-official Anatolia new agency says the soldiers were on routine operations in the Semdinli District of Hakkari Province when their vehicle hit a mine.

It is believed that the mine has been planted by rebels of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party, the PKK.

Clashes between PKK guerillas and Turkish security forces have increased in recent months.

More than 32,000 people, mainly Kurdish civilians, have been killed since the PKK launched its fight for independence or autonomy for the mainly Kurdish-populated southeast in the early 1980s.