PKK militants attack oil pipeline in south-eastern Turkey

Oct 27, 2004 02:00 AM

Militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) staged another bomb attack on an oil pipeline in south-eastern Turkey.
The bombing, which resulted in approximately 200 barrels of oil leaking, was the third of its kind carried out by the PKK militants in Batman province in recent days. An earlier attempt to sabotage the pipeline with a kitchen gas bottle failed.

A remote controlled device was also detonated in the Garzan region, causing a spill of some 6,000 barrels in the region.
The PKK, also known as KADEK or Kongra-Gel, launched an armed campaign for an ethnic homeland in south-eastern Turkey in 1984,sparking decades of strife that has claimed more than 30,000 lives, mainly Kurdish.

Though fighting fell off sharply with the capture of PKK commander Abdullah Ocalan in 1999, violence between the guerrillas and Turkish security forces has been on the rise since the rebels called off a six-year unilateral truce in June.
The Turkish government refuses to negotiate with the PKK, which it deems a terrorist organization.

Source: Xinhuanet
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