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Ethnic tension flares in Turkey after police killings

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Ethnic tension flares in Turkey after police killings


There has been fresh ethnic tension in Turkey, after Kurdish rebels were blamed for a gun attack in the south that left four police officers dead.

The latest disturbances occurred in Dortyol where the police were killed on Monday when their vehicle was fired on. The gunmens’ identity is unclear but local suspicions have been directed at Kurdish militants.

Hence attacks by Turkish demonstrators on Kurdish businesses in the southern town and the local offices of a pro-Kurdish political party. Police fired tear gas to break up clashes.

The ethnic violence has erupted as Turkey prepares for a referendum on constitutional reform in September and a parliamentary election next year.

It comes amid an upsurge in fighting between Turkish security forces and the outlawed PKK. It has ended a ceasefire, accusing the government of not being serious in its bid to boost Kurdish minority rights.

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