Kurdish rebels 'kill 24 Turkish soldiers' At least 24 Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels at several police and army posts in south-east 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. Turkey has responded with a police crackdown on suspected rebel sympathisers and air strikes on Kurdish sites in northern Iraq. Rebels are seeking greater autonomy in the country's Kurdish-dominated south-east, and have killed dozens of members of the country's security forces, and at least 17 civilians, since mid-July. Tens of thousands of people have died in the conflict since 1984.