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Four civilians die in PKK attack in SE Turkey

SİİRT - From wire dispatches | 9/21/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Alleged PKK members attacked a civilian vehicle near a police college in the southeastern province of Siirt on Tuesday, killing four women.

Alleged members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, attacked a civilian vehicle near a police college in the southeastern province of Siirt on Tuesday, killing four women Doğan News Agency, or DHA, reported.

One PKK militant was killed in a subsequent firefight between the police and the militants. Two other civilians were wounded in the attack.

The militants attacked a civilian vehicle, mistaking it for an undercover police vehicle, the report on Hürriyet daily website said, in which six women were headed to a wedding.

Militants ambushed the vehicle 100 meters away from the police college, spraying it with machine gun fire and launching a rocket at it.

Police officers on duty at the police college responded to the attack and a clash between the militants erupted. Special police forces were deployed in the area to stop the militants from escaping under cover of darkness.

One PKK militant was killed in the firefight while the rest of the assailants escaped. Security forces launched an operation to apprehend the escaped PKK members, while checkpoints were deployed at roads leading to Siirt.

The women who were injured in the PKK attack were rescued from the wrecked car and taken to Siirt State Hospital, where Zeynep Evin, Nergis Evin, Kevser Çekin and Nurcan Olgaç died due to their injuries, while Gülcan Olgaç and Nuran Evin remained in critical condition.

The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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