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12 Soldiers Reported Killed by Kurds

August 13, 1986

HAKKARI, Turkey (AP) _ Kurdish guerrillas ambushed an army truck and killed 12 soldiers in this southeastern province, Turkish state radio reported Wednesday.

According to the report, insurgents sprayed the truck with automatic weapon fire about 75 miles west of the city of Hakkari on Tuesday night.

One rebel was killed when government troops returned the fire, the radio said.

The attack came 10 days after security forces killed nine suspected Kurdish guerrillas in the eastern province of Tunceli.

In the past two years at least 312 people have been killed in clashes between Kurdish guerrillas and soldiers, according to official reports.

Seven million of Turkey’s 54 million people are ethnic Kurds. About 10 Kurdish groups are fighting for independence from Turkey.

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