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Turkish soldiers killed in suspected rebel blast

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Ten Turkish soldiers have been killed in a bomb explosion in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country. It is the deadliest attack on Turkish security forces in months.

Not many details have been released but it is understood the device was detonated by remote control in the the province of Diyarbakir. It happened just shortly before the armed forces commander was to give a news conference in Ankara. He confirmed the attack had taken place but did not say who he thought was responsible. Earlier, a Turkish security source said the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party was to blame. The militant group has staged many similar attacks as part of a violent campaign to create a Kurdish homeland. The government has recently launched a crackdown on the separatists and politicians suspected of having links to them. The military launched ground and air operations against the rebels following today’s blast.