Turks Report Killing 58 Kurdish Rebels
The Turkish army killed 58 Kurdish guerrillas in a battle in the rugged mountains of the southeast, officials said Sunday.
The rebels have been fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey since 1984, and the government launched a new offensive last month.
The latest battle in the village of Cakirpinar in Batman province began Saturday and lasted into Sunday morning, said Ahmet Erturk, the deputy regional governor.
A local official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said four soldiers were killed, but Erturk denied any military deaths.