Author`s name Ира Лумпова

Three die of wounds in southeast Turkey

A 6-year-old boy and two young men wounded during clashes in the Kurdish-dominated southeast have died in hospital, raising the death toll in three days of unrest to six, local authorities said Friday.

The violent protests, which were sparked by recent killings of autonomy-seeking Kurdish guerrillas, have injured about 270 people.

Six-year-old Enes Ata was injured Thursday in the city of Diyarbakir, which has been hit by the region's worst street violence in more than a decade. The boy died at a hospital, local officials said.

The boy was quietly buried by his family Friday morning.

The atmosphere in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the southeast, was relatively calm on Friday with shops opening their doors after three days of riots.

Witnesses said the boy was wounded by a plastic bullet, the daily Hurriyet newspaper reported. Local authorities said two other people have also died at hospital, increasing the total death toll to six. It was not clear how they were wounded.

Among the other people reported killed during the unrest was a 9-year-old boy who was struck by a car as he fled the rioting, said Diyarbakir's governor, Efkan Ala. A youth was also crushed to death by an armored personnel carrier, and one person was killed by gunfire, Ala told the Milliyet newspaper.

Small groups of protesters lit fires in the streets Friday and Turkish police and paramilitary forces were on patrol.

A Turkish court formally arraigned 48 protesters in Diyarbakir, the Anatolia news agency reported Friday, reports the AP.

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