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Latest update : 2010-05-31

Six soldiers were killed when armed militants fired rockets on a military vehicle at a Turkish navy base in the southern city of Iskenderun overnight. It was not immediately evident what group was behind the attack.

AFP - Six soldiers were killed overnight when armed militants fired rockets on a navy base in the southern Turkish city of Iskenderun, Anatolia news agency reported.

Seven soldiers were also wounded in the attack that targeted a military vehicle carrying troops for the changing of the guard, the report said.

Three of them were in a critical condition and were taken to a military hospital in the capital Ankara.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack that took place around 4:00 am (0100 GMT). Anatolia and other media reports described the assailants as "terrorists".

Authorities deployed additional police and troops in the area after the attack and a security operation was underway, media reports said.

Turkey is home to several home-grown outlawed groups, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which is behind a 25-year armed campaign for self-rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

The rebels, who have stepped up their attacks against security forces in recent weeks, has in the past been active in the country's south.
  

Date created : 2010-05-31

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