World Bulletin / News Desk
At least 13 people have been hurt as PKK terrorists mounted an assault on a library in southeastern Sirnak province.
An Anadolu Agency reporter on site reported that the incident early Friday occurred when terrorists threw improvised explosives and Molotov cocktails into the Sirnak Cultural Center and Public Library while there were staff and people inside.
Thirteen injured were taken to a nearby hospital. One of the victims, Emrullah Ugur, was severely injured and is being treated at an intensive care unit.
Fire-fighting teams and a water cannon vehicle brought the blaze at the building under control.
Security forces have launched an operation to find those responsible.
The terrorists also started another fire at the same building early evening the same day, but it did not cause any casualties.
A counter-terrorism operation has been continuing in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin, with curfews declared to fight the terrorists nested in citizens' homes.
As part of the operation, more than 200 terrorists from PKK have been killed since Dec. 15, according to military sources.
A curfew was imposed on Cizre and Silopi last Monday. Many citizens left the district before the curfew, which became the scene of clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.
The PKK – considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU – resumed its armed campaign in late July.
Since then, more than 200 members of the security forces have been martyred and over 1,700 PKK terrorists killed.