The Turkish government said on Saturday that its forces had killed 15 Kurdish women fighters during clashes in the majority-Kurd province of Bitlis.
The guerillas were members of the separatist PKK, which is battling for Kurdish autonomy and has a number of female units.
The death toll is believed to be the largest for women in a single day since the group began its struggle 28 years ago. Dogan news agency said that fighting had continued "all day Friday."
A government-paid village guard who helped the Turkish army was also reportedly killed.
The incident came after a week of fighting between the army and the PKK, in which at least seven Turkish soldiers and 24 rebels have lost their lives.
Tensions have risen following a Turkish clampdown on Kurds attempting to celebrate the Nowruz, or new year, festival.
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