Members of the police special forces stand guard following a vehicle explosion near a military facility in Istanbul, Turkey, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan
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Eight Turkish soldiers and 22 Kurdish militants have been killed in clashes over the last two days, authorities said Friday, as violence widened in the largely Kurdish southeast following two bombings.More than 40,000 people, most of them militants, have been killed since the PKK took up arms in 1984 .Six soldiers were killed and eight were wounded in clashes with militants in the southeastern Hakkari province near the border with Iraq Friday, the military said.Six PKK militants were also killed in an operation in that region.On Thursday, 15 militants were killed in clashes in Sirnak province, the military said.
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