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Six Turkish soldiers have been killed and eight wounded in a landmine blast in south-eastern Turkey, officials say.

The troops had been travelling through Hakkari province when their vehicle struck the mine late on Wednesday.

Members of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were suspected of being behind the attack, officials said.

On Thursday morning, Turkish warplanes bombed what the military said was a large group of Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq, where the PKK has bases.

The PKK has been fighting the Turkish government for an independent Kurdish state since 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.



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