Report: Kurdish rebels kill 5 Turkish soldiers

September 24, 2011 - 2:55 PM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels attacked a Turkish army outpost on Saturday, killing five soldiers and wounding nine in the country's southeast, news reports said.

The guerrillas attacked the post near the town of Pervari in southeastern Siirt province, said Hurriyet newspaper, citing unidentified local sources. Authorities were not immediately available for comment.

The rebels planted mines in the area to prevent or slow down army reinforcements, and also were firing on helicopters taking troops to the area, the newspaper said on its website.

Kurdish rebels have dramatically escalated their war for autonomy since July, killing dozens of security personnel and at least 10 civilians — including three people in a car bomb attack in the Turkish capital earlier this week.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people since the rebels took up arms in 1984.