Kurdish rebels step up attacks in Turkey

By the Associated Press | August 3, 2012 | 3:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run television says Kurdish rebels have killed one soldier and wounded 10 others in an attack in the country's southeast.

TRT says on Friday that the rebels attacked a military outpost near the town of Eruh in Sirt province as the soldiers were breaking fast on Thursday evening.

The Turkish troops have been engaged in a major clash with Kurdish rebels, who are fighting for autonomy in the Kurdish-dominated southeast Turkey.

Ankara fears that the rebels are likely to use the civil war in Syria to set up bases in that country.