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Friday, July 2, 1999 Published at 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK

World: Europe

Seven die in Kurdish revenge attacks

At least seven people have been killed in a series of attacks in Turkey, blamed on Kurdish rebels taking reprisal for the death sentence on their leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

In the eastern city of Elazig, four people in a coffee house died when a man and a woman opened fire.

The couple were then shot dead by police.

Further east in the city of Van, a policeman was killed when rebels attacked a guard post.

Elsewhere, the Turkish news agency Anatolia says four soldiers and twenty-two Kurds were killed in a series of clashes in the southeast of the country. In Istanbul, a bomb explosion injured three people.

Police there have detained ten alleged Kurdish militants on suspicion of planning similar attacks.

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