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Turkish soldier's funeral held; PKK members surrender in Southeast

ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires | 6/2/2010 12:00:00 AM |

One soldier who died in a conflict in the province of Hakkari was buried in his hometown Wednesday as operations continued against the outlawed PKK.

One soldier who died in a conflict in the southeastern Anatolian province of Hakkari was buried in his hometown Wednesday as operations continued against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Fatih Gökkaya, 21, was among three soldiers who were injured by gunfire from the PKK in the Çukurca district of Hakkari on Tuesday night, the Doğan news agency reported. His body was sent to the village of Hırkatol, in the Anatolian province of Aksaray, after official ceremonies in eastern Anatolia on Wednesday.

Gökkaya’s shepherd father, who was working in Konya, returned to his village after hearing about the death of his son, who was the youngest of five children.

[HH] PKK members surrender

Six PKK members coming from camps in northern Iraq meanwhile surrendered at the Habur border gate in the Silopi district Tuesday, the Doğan news agency reported. Another surrendered to police in the southeastern province of Adıyaman. The website of the General Staff reported Tuesday night that an additional PKK member had surrendered in Hakkari.

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

Six soldiers from a Turkish naval unit died in a PKK assault early Monday in İskenderun, where members of the outlawed group opened fire again Tuesday night. No casualties were reported in the second attack.

Iranian security forces reportedly killed eight members of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, or PJAK, which is closely related to the PKK, the Anatolia news agency reported Tuesday. Twelve more PJAK members were arrested while two others surrendered.

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