World Bulletin / News Desk
PKK militants fired rockets at a military convoy in eastern Turkey on Tuesday, killing nine soldiers and wounding more than 60, security sources said, in a further sign that the conflict in the region is deepening.
The convoy was travelling between the provinces of Bingol and Mus when it was hit by a rocket launched by outlawed members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the sources said.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union. It took up arms in 1984 with the aim of carving out a Kurdish state in the east of Turkey. The conflict has since killed more than 40,000 people.
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