Turkish dailies cover the fatal attack in Siirt province


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Thursday covered the eight soldiers who perished when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised roadside bomb on the Siirt-Pervari highway in the east of the country.

"Treacherous ambush" was MILLIYET’s headline. The paper wrote that the bomb was detonated by remote control by "crazed terrorists".

The paper wrote that the attack was carried out by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terror organization in Turkey, the U.S. and EU.

"Bloodiest trap," CUMHURIYET wrote, saying Wednesday's attack was the worst since the beginning of a new wave of violence which has so far claimed the lives of at least 55 Turkish police officers and soldiers.

The paper said terror attacks in the last 24 hours left 12 Turkish soldiers dead – eight in Siirt, plus four in southeastern Diyarbakir's Lice district after a gunfight with PKK members.

Pointing to pain in Turkey over the ongoing deadly acts – for which the government blames the PKK – HURRIYET ran the headline: "Turkey cries."

The attacks began after the country's June 7 general election, the paper wrote.

Police have carried out nationwide anti-terror operations to arrest suspected members of the PKK, ISIL and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

All papers were strongly critical of the attacks, which made the front pages of almost all dailies.

Dailies also covered another incident where a policeman was slightly injured in a gun attack on a security post near Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace.

Two suspected attackers were detained after a short time, AKSAM wrote, claiming they were the same who carried out an armed attack on the Justice and Development (AK) Party’s Istanbul headquarters on Aug. 8.

The attack was carried out by the DHKP-C, VATAN claimed, saying the attackers first fired grenades at the police but fled when the devices failed to explode.

According to HABER TURK, Wednesday's armed attack is the second such incident since January, when a man was arrested after throwing a grenade and shooting at a police booth in front of Dolmabahce Palace, near the Prime Minister’s Office in the same district.

In other news, YENI SAFAK reported that Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office asked the Justice Ministry on Wednesday to request that Interpol issue a red notice for two fugitive former prosecutors, who are wanted for attempting to overthrow the government.

Zekeriya Oz and Celal Kara – who were involved in a 2013 corruption investigation that targeted senior ministers – fled to Armenia via Georgia last week, and later to Germany, shortly before an arrest warrant was issued for them by a Turkish criminal court, MILLIYET wrote.

The two are accused of having formed a criminal organization and of attempting to overthrow the government by force, VATAN wrote.

Turkish dailies also reported on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rejection of claims he was responsible for a failure in the country's coalition talks process.

AKSAM quoted Erdogan as saying: "Those who try to put the blame of their own disability, failure and disappointments on me and my office…they strive in vain."

He was addressing locally elected heads of Turkish villages and neighborhoods at the Presidential Palace in the capital Ankara.

"Unfortunately, Turkey could not make a new government because no results were produced in the [coalition] talks," YENI SAFAK cited him as saying.

After the June 7 general election, when the first-placed AK Party lost its majority, four parliamentary parties held negotiations over a possible coalition government.

Despite efforts by Prime Minister and AK Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu, parties were unable to form a coalition and Davutoglu returned the mandate to form a government to Erdogan on Tuesday.

Erdogan will not mandate the second-placed Republican People's Party (CHP) to form a government, MILLIYET said, quoted him as saying: "We have no time to waste with those who do not even know the address of Bestepe [Presidential Palace]."

The CHP, Turkey’s second-largest parliamentary party, reiterated that it would not take part in a caretaker government in the run-up to a fresh general election.

Turkey is now likely to head towards early polls in October or November. Either the president or the parliament will decide on triggering the new contest.

Financial paper DUNYA reported that tradesmen in Turkey’s traditional shopping bazaars – where many low-income and middle-income families shop – have been facing difficulties because of an increase in prices.

The tension across the country because of violence, and uncertainty over the government, are also fuelling traders’ difficulties, the paper wrote.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ağustos 2015, 12:29