Kurdish rebels 'kill 21 Turkish soldiers'

At least 21 Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels at several police and army posts in southeast Turkey, reports say.

Governor Muammer Turker confirmed the attacks in the mainly Kurdish province of Hakkari, the Associated Press said.

The attacks come a day after a blast in the southeast Bitlis province killed five police officers and three others.

The area, where ethnic Kurds make up a majority, has recently seen a spike in violence by Kurdish rebels.

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