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 Two policemen killed in roadside bomb in southeastern Turkey

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Two policemen killed in roadside bomb in southeastern Turkey  24.6.2011   

June 24, 2011

TUNCELI, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — A remote controlled roadside bomb killed two Turkish police officers in the eastern province of Tunceli on Wednesday, news channels reported.

Police and military helicopters, backed by ground troops, were searching the area after the blast which drew no immediate claim of responsibility.

Two police officers were killed in the eastern province of Tunceli after their vehicle ran over a mine Wednesday, the same day that three blast bombs rocked a police headquarters in Mersin, lightly injuring one police officer.

Officials said the prime suspect for the attack is the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who have been fighting for self-rule in the southeast since the early 1980s.               

Two policemen killed in roadside bomb in the Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey. Photo: hurriyetdailynews.com

The outlawed militant group PKK has declared what it calls an "active defense" stance after ending a 6-month ceasefire in February.

Since it was established in 1984, the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list.

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