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Suspected PKK Militants Injure Student, Teachers in School Raid

October 09, 2012

A group of suspected PKK militants raided a school in Turkey’s southeast, injuring a student and two teachers in a firebomb and bomb attack today, Anatolia news agency reported.

Masked militants tossed a homemade bomb as well as a Molotov cocktail inside the Sehitlik High School in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the country’s Kurdish-dominated southeast, state-run Anatolia said.

The attack comes on the anniversary of the ousting of the imprisoned chief of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, from his longtime home in Damascus on Oct. 9, 1998, by Syria after Turkey threatened Damascus with war for harboring him. Ocalan, who was captured in Kenya in February 1999, is serving a life sentence on an island near Istanbul.

PKK militants have escalated their attacks in a war for autonomy in the southeast. The conflict has left nearly 40,000 people dead since 1984.

To contact the reporter on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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