Jul 31, 2:37 AM EDT

Turkey: 2 policemen, 2 PKK militants killed in clash


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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish officials say Kurdish rebels have attacked a police station in southern Turkey, killing two policemen amid renewed violence between the security forces and the Kurdish insurgents. Two rebels were also killed in a gunfight that ensued.

Violence has flared in Turkey in the past week, shattering a fragile peace process launched in 2012 with the Kurds. The government has launched aerial strikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq and the rebels have escalated attacks against Turkey's security forces. Meanwhile, Turkey has also started to crack down on the Islamic State extremist group.

Mustafa Buyuk, governor for Adana province said PKK militants opened fire at the police station in the town Pozanti, touching off a clash that left two policemen and two rebels dead.

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