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Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels killed in border clashes

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Clashes between Kurdish rebels and the Turkish military near Turkey’s Iraqi border have left 22 people dead, according to reports quoting the area’s governor.

The official account says six soldiers, two village guards and 14 Kurdish fighters were killed. Another 15 soldiers were wounded. Three woman were among the army’s victims.

Turkish media say the rebels launched simultaneous attacks on Turkish border posts, causing casualties in the village of Gecimli in Hakkari province.

The army responded by pursuing the fighters, reportedly bombing their escape routes.

They are the bloodiest clashes since violence in June which killed 28 people.

Ankara has been concerned about reports of Kurdish rebels taking control of part of northern Syria.

It has stepped up its campaign against the Kurdistan Workers Party the PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by the EU and the US.