18 killed in at­tack on check­point in south­east Turkey; 27 hurt

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IS­TAN­BUL — Kur­dish militants det­o­nated a car bomb Sun­day out­side a mil­i­tary check­point in south­east Turkey, killing 10 sol­diers and eight civil­ians, the prime min­is­ter said. Turkey launched a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion against the rebels in re­sponse.

Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yildirim gave the death toll dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Is­tan­bul and con­demned the at­tack in Hakkari province. Twenty-sev- en other peo­ple, in­cluded 11 sol­diers, were wounded in the ex­plo­sion, provin­cial and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, cit­ing the mil­i­tary, said the at­tack was the work of the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party, or PKK.

Of­fi­cials said at­tack­ers first opened fire on the check­point be­fore driv­ing up a mini­van con­tain­ing about 5 tons of ex­plo­sives and det­o­nat­ing it.

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