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Fifteen Dead In Week Of Violence In Turkey

Turkish Kurd holds a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) flag at a demonstration in Istanbul on March 19 (file photo) (epa) April 3, 2006 -- Turkish officials say 15 people have been killed in a week of violence between Kurdish protestors and police.

In the latest incident, three people died after a Molotov cocktail set ablaze a bus in Istanbul on April 2.

The rioting began in the mainly Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey after Turkish troops killed 14 pro-autonomy Kurdish guerrillas.

Dozens more people have been injured, mostly members of the security forces.

Meanwhile, an armed rebel group known as the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons threatened in a statement issued on April 3 to strike at tourist targets across Turkey.


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Iraq's Kurdish Region

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