5 troops killed in Turkey attack

Dec. 2, 2003 at 7:05 AM
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ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Five soldiers died in a roadside bombing in southeastern Turkey in the third attack targeting government forces in the last couple of days.

The Turkish NTV television reported Tuesday a military convoy was hit late Monday by a roadside bomb in the city of Nassibin in the province of Mardin near the Turkish-Syrian border.

Five soldiers were killed and four others wounded. The army immediately dispatched reinforcements in the region to search for the attackers.

The bomb is believed to have been planted by terrorists involved in a spate of bombing attacks that rocked Istanbul in the last two weeks, killing more than 50 people and wounding hundreds of others.

Police stations in the cities of Mardin and Sirte, also in southeast Turkey, were attacked in the past two days resulting in a number of casualties among policemen.

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