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Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (April 8-15, 2008)

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SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (April 8-15, 2008)

REF: ANKARA 695 and previous

(U) Sensitive but unclassified - please protect accordingly.

1. (SBU) This is another in a series of weekly reports on
PKK-related violence in Turkey. Our primary source is the Turkish
General Staff (TGS) website, which documents contacts and clashes
with the PKK, as well as casualties incurred.

2. (U) During the April 8-15, 2008 reporting period, two security
officials, one a village guard, were injured in clashes with the
PKK. The total number of security force casualties for the year
through April 15, 2008 was 24 killed and 28 injured.

3. (U) During the same period, 14 PKK terrorists were killed, three
were captured, and six surrendered. According to official TGS
website figures, through the second week of April, the number of PKK
militants killed this year was 307, the number of those captured was
83, and the number of those who surrendered was 49.

4. (U) Another of the demonstrators who was injured during the March
21-23 Nevruz celebrations died on April 11. That brought civilian
casualties for the year through the end of the second week of April
to 11 killed, with another 49 wounded.

WILSON

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