Violence in east Turkey leaves 13 dead

The dead include a killed urkish police officer and 12 PKK terrorists

Violence in east Turkey leaves 13 dead

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thirteen people, including a Turkish police officer and 12 PKK terrorists were killed in separate incidents of violence in eastern Turkey Wednesday, Turkish officials and security sources said.

A police officer and a PKK terrorist was killed in an attack in eastern Van province Wednesday, Van Governor Ibrahim Tasyapan said. 

According to Tasyapan, PKK members attacked a police squad with long-barreled weapons in central Ipekyolu district, leaving an officer martyred and a terrorist dead, and a civilian injured.

Security forces also captured an injured terrorist in the incident. An operation was also launched in the area following the attack.

Separately, Turkish military announced Wednesday that it killed 10 terrorists in southeastern Hakkari province.

In a statement posted on Turkish General Staff’s website Wednesday, the military said that three PKK terrorists were killed in an operation in Yuksekova district, while seven other PKK terrorists were killed in airstrikes carried out in the same area.

Three Turkish sergeants were also slightly wounded in the incident, it said, adding that an anti-aircraft gun, two machine guns and a Kalashnikov rifle were also seized in the operation.

Meanwhile, in eastern Mus province, two gendarme sergeants were slightly injured in an attack. Also, 17 suspects were detained in the province for trying to enter an area where a security operation was being carried out, the military said.

In southeastern Sirnak province, a terrorist's dead body was found on Cudi Mountain where a security operation continues; 15 suspects were also detained when they tried to enter an operation zone, the statement said.

In Sirnak province's Silopi district, six terrorists surrendered to security forces, the statement added.

The PKK -- designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- renewed its armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July.

Turkey has been conducting operations against the PKK since then, as a two-and-a-half year lull in the fighting ended.

Since then more than 150 members of the security forces have been martyred while, according to the government, more than 2,000 PKK terrorists have been killed.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ekim 2015, 09:24