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Turkey protest to denounce Kurdish guerrillas

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Thousands of people marched through the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Ankara on Sunday to denounce a Kurdish rebel ambush that killed 13 soldiers.

Protesters, many waving Turkish flags and chanting slogans, showed their support for a military campaign against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK which Turkey lists as a terrorist group.

On Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and several senior military officials attended a funeral ceremony for some of the dead soldiers in the capital Ankara.

Thursday’s rebel attack took place in a mountainous region in southeastern Turkey which is known to be a stronghold of the PKK.

Seven rebels were also killed during the ambush which was the deadliest violence involving Kurdish guerrillas in three years.

The PKK have been fighting for autonomy since 1984 in a conflict which has seen tens of thousands of people killed.