Turkish FM's cousin killed in PKK attack

A Turkish soldier killed in PKK attack late on Tuesday in southeast Turkey has been identified as foreign minister Ali Babacan's cousin.

Turkish FM's cousin killed in PKK attack
A Turkish soldier killed in PKK attack late on Tuesday in southeast Turkey has been identified as foreign minister Ali Babacan's cousin.

Private Erkut Babacan, who was was serving in Cetlikli, died when PKK militants attacked the military outpost. The officials said that another soldier was wounded and that the militants escaped after the attack.

Babacan has not made any statement about the incident yet.

Prime minister Recep Tayip Erdogan has refused to rule out the possibility of military operations into northern Iraq.

"No country can continue living under the constant threat of terrorism. This struggle has the same legitimacy for Turkey as it has for the US, Spain or United Kingdom," Erdogan said in an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday.

The Turkish military launched a major offensive earlier this week against PKK in their stronghold of southeastern Turkey.

The decades-long conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK has killed over 30,000 people.

This year alone, some 80 Turkish soldiers have died in PKK attacks.


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Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2007, 13:04
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