The Latest: Turkey: Death toll from 2 PKK attacks rises to 7



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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on attacks by Kurdish rebels in Turkey (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

A senior Turkish official says the death toll from two simultaneous assaults by Kurdish rebels in southeast Turkey has risen to seven.

The official said three people, including civilians, died in a roadside bomb attack in the town of Kiziltepe.

Earlier, the same official said four people had been killed in a car bomb assault targeting a military bus in the historic part of the city of Diyarbakir.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

—By Suzan Fraser in Ankara

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8:40 p.m.

A senior Turkish official says at least four people were killed in a bomb attack targeting a police vehicle in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. The official could not immediately confirm media reports that said two other people were killed in a separate, simultaneous attack that also targeted a police bus in the town of Kiziltepe.

The official says several people, including children, were wounded in both attacks. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations. Officials have blamed both attacks on the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

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7:50 p.m.

A Turkish official says several people have been wounded in two separate Kurdish rebel attacks targeting police in southern Turkey.

The official said rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, detonated an improvised device on a road in Mardin province, wounding several civilians.

Simultaneously, a car bomb explosion in Diyarbakir province wounded several police officers, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

—By Suzan Fraser in Ankara.

7:35 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says Kurdish rebels have attacked a military vehicle with a roadside bomb, wounding several people.

Anadolu Agency says the attack occurred on a road near the southern Turkish town of Kiziltepe. Several ambulances were sent to the area.

It blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. Earlier, four soldiers were killed in a PKK attack near the border with Iraq.

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2:10 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says Kurdish rebels have attacked soldiers near the border with Iraq, killing four of them.

Anadolu Agency says nine other soldiers were wounded in Wednesday's attack in the mainly Kurdish province of Sirnak.

It blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, without providing details.

The private Dogan news agency said the rebels attacked military vehicles with improvised explosives and with rockets fired from northern Iraq.

Clashes between the PKK and Turkey's security forces resumed last year after a tenuous cease-fire collapsed.

Since then, more than 600 Turkish security personnel and thousands of PKK militants have been killed, according to Anadolu. Human rights groups say hundreds of civilians have also been killed.

Turkey and its allies consider the PKK a terror organization.

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