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2 soldiers, 6 PKK members killed in clashes

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Two soldiers, one of them a captain, were killed in clashes with members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Lice district of Diyarbakır on Sunday, DHA reported.

According to the report, six PKK members were also killed in the clashes.

Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015.

Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.

More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

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