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PKK militants attack military vehicle in Turkey

Militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Turkish province of Diyarbakir have attacked a military vehicle, which was delivering goods to one of the units, Turkish newspaper Sabah reported on Jan. 23.

The military vehicle was burned by the PKK militants, according to the newspaper. Turkey's conflict with the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

The UN and the European Union have recognized the PKK as a terrorist organization. Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said the country will continue its efforts to ensure that the PKK militants leave the territory of Turkey. He said that at the moment the militants' leaving the country is a priority for Ankara.

Earlier the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan called on the organization members to lay down their weapons and leave the country. Turkish authorities in turn promised all PKK militants who laid down their weapons a safe exit. PKK militants began to leave Turkey's territory on May 8, 2013.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bulent Arinc said there were about 2,000 PKK militants in Turkey and about 20 percent of them have left the country.

Source: Trend