2 killed in clashes between rival Kurdish groups in southeast Turkey


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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish authorities say a group of Kurdish youths have clashed with supporters of a Kurdish Islamist party in southeast Turkey. Two people were killed.

The governor's office for Sirnak province says three people were also injured in the fighting which erupted in the town of Cizre, near Turkish-Syrian border, early Saturday.

Relations between the two groups have been tense since October, when Kurds — angered at what they said was Turkish impediment to efforts to defend the Syrian town of Kobani — clashed with police and the Islamist group members across Turkey. More than 30 people were killed in the rioting.

The Dogan news agency says the father of a leader of the Islamist party and a 19-year old Kurdish youth died in Saturday's clash.

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