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May 4, 4:03 AM EDT

Car bomb attack in southeast Turkey kills 1, wounds 6

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ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says a soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack against their outpost in southeastern Turkey.

The Anadolu Agency said Wednesday Kurdish rebels detonated an explosives-packed vehicle outside a gendarmerie station in Mardin province.

It blamed the attack on "terrorists" linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. Ankara and its Western allies designate the group as a terrorist organization.

Turkey's southeast plunged into conflict last summer when a fragile peace process between the state and autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels.

Since then, the army has carried out significant military operations in pre-dominantly Kurdish districts, displacing tens of thousands of people.

The PKK has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state in a conflict that has claimed 40,000 lives.

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