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Turkish president condemns attack on soldiers

Turkish troops are reported to have pursued Kurdish rebels into northern Iraq, following overnight attacks on military installations which killed at least 24 Turkish soldiers and injured many others.

Reports say the Kurdistan insurgents attacked several military posts in Hakkari province in the south-east, near the Iraqi border.

The Turkish President Abdullah Gul condemned the attack, threatening what he called a great revenge.

At a news conference in Ankara the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pledged to bring those responsible for the violence to justice.

The BBC's Jonathan Head reports from Istanbul.

  • 19 Oct 2011
  • From the section Europe