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Turkey shells north Iraq border - Kurdish official

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ARBIL, Iraq, Oct 21 (Reuters) The Turkish military fired artillery shells into the northern Iraq border region early today, but there were no casualties, a Kurdish military official said.

''This morning at 6 am. (0830 IST) they shelled about 11 areas along the borders. There were no casualties,'' the Kurdish official in Iraq told Reuters.

Turkish security sources said earlier Kurdish rebels killed at least 12 Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in an ambush near the Iraqi border on Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether the shelling and the attack were linked.

While Turkish shelling of the border area is not unusual, tension has been growing since Turkey's parliament authorised troops to conduct cross-border incursions into northern Iraq to hunt down rebels using the region as a base.

Reuters SKB GC1527

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