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Explosion in Turkey's southeast kills 2 soldiers


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ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency reports Kurdish rebels have killed two soldiers and wounded three others in the southeastern province of Mardin.

The Anadolu Agency said Wednesday an improvised explosive device went off as an armored vehicle was passing the town of Derik. It blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Turkey has been caught in the throes of violence, combatting both the PKK and the Islamic State group.

The intensified fighting with the PKK comes after a precarious two and a half year ceasefire collapsed last summer. Since then, more than 500 Turkish security personnel and nearly 5,000 PKK militants have been killed, according to the agency.

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