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Five militants were killed in intense clashes that lasted for two hours in the Şemdinli district of the eastern province of Hakkari yesterday.
Around 30 suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) mounted simultaneous attacks on the district governor’s office and the central police station of Şemdinli, a gendarmerie headquarters located 100 meters from the police station, as well as an army brigade headquarters outside of the town center at around 8:30 p.m.
Security forces were reportedly informed of the attack as they had previously received intelligence and were prepared when PKK militants launched rockets and opened fire with assault rifles. Intense clashes erupted in Şemdinli town center, which lasted for about two hours, damaging several civilian and official buildings. Security forces conducted a night-long operation through Şemdinli's neighborhoods once the clashes died down.
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