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Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (October 1-7, 2008)

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SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (October 1-7, 2008)

REF: ANKARA 1740 and previous

(U) Sensitive but unclassified - please protect accordingly.

1. (SBU) This is another in a series of weekly reports on PKK
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 October 1-7, 2008 reporting period, 19 security
officials died in clashes with the PKK, including 17 in the ambush
on the Aktutun border outpost on October 3. Another 21 were injured
in the Aktutun attack. The total number of security force
casualties for the year through October 7, 2008, was 127 killed and
188 injured.

3. (U) During the same period, 29 PKK terrorists were killed in the
clashes, including 23 following the Aktutun raid. One PKKer was
captured and another two surrendered. According to official TGS
website figures, through the first week of October, the number of
PKK militants killed this year was 631, the number of those captured
was 138, and the number of those who surrendered was 128.

4. (U) During the reporting period one citizen was injured by a PKK
IED on October 7 in Pervari, Siirt Province. The total number of
civilian casualties for the year through the end of the first week
of October, was 43 killed, with another 245 wounded.

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