Mine blast kills many in eastern Turkey

The blast occurred near the village of Gecitli in Hakkari province near the borders with Iraq and Iran.

Mine blast kills many in eastern Turkey

 At least eight people were killed and three wounded when an explosive device ripped apart their minibus in southeast Turkey on Thursday, local officials said.

The blast occurred near the village of Gecitli in Hakkari province near the borders with Iraq and Iran.

Resul Kaya, mayor of the nearby town of Durankaya, told Reuters nine people died when the minibus hit a landmine. Security officials said it was a remote-controlled explosive device left in the road.

Those officials earlier said that at least 10 people had died. The Hakkari governor's office put the death toll at eight people, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.

Outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have frequently carried out similar attacks in the past.

Turkey has been fighting PKK over the past 26 years.

Turkey has launched several cross border operations into the north of Iraq in the past to track down PKK militants, who took refuge at the their mountain camps there. The militant group uses the region as a launchpad for its attacks inside Turkey.

 Agencies

Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2010, 15:59
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