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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.

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