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5 KILLED ON EVE OF KURDISH NEW YEAR

Five people were killed in Turkey overnight as tension mounted on the eve of Nowrouz, the Kurdish New Year, security sources said.

Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) rebels hanged a village guard from a lamp post in the main street of Cizre - the third such killing in two days in the southeastern town, which is a center of pro-rebel sentiment.Two policeman were killed and another was wounded when attackers raked their patrol car with gunfire in the Aegean port city of Izmir, the Anatolian news agency said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.