Friday's dailies cover death of a Turkish policeman and soldier in anti-terror operations against the PKK


World Bulletin / News Desk

Friday's dailies covered the death of a Turkish policeman and soldier in anti-terror operations against the PKK in southeastern Diyarbakir province.

Policeman Necmi Cakir, in Silvan district, and soldier Beytullah Tercan in Dicle district of the same province, were martyred Thursday in the operations, AKSAM wrote.

The teams had been working since the onset of a Tuesday curfew in the area in order to fill ditches dug by terrorists in the neighborhoods and to remove street barricades.

HURRIYET reported that in addition to the policeman and soldier, two civilians were also killed in the operation in Silvan district. Engin Gezici, 24, and his aunt Ismet Gezici had been trapped within the conflict area, the paper wrote.

Engin, father to three children, was out to buy some bread, CUMHURIYET wrote. He and his aunt were killed by a sniper, the paper claimed.

In another operation in Hakkari province’s Yuksekova district, 18 PKK terrorists were killed, STAR reported.

According to MILLIYET, the Turkish military killed 15 PKK terrorists on Wednesday and another 16 members of the organization on Thursday in ongoing security operations in Yuksekova.

The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.  Since July, more than 150 members of Turkish security forces have been martyred while, according to the government, over 1,700 PKK terrorists have been killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq, including airstrikes.

Friday's papers also covered news that a Turkish prosecutor was stopped at passport control at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, as he was about to leave Turkey for Germany.

AKSAM claims that Adnan Cimen – allegedly with links to a movement led by Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen who is self-exiled in the U.S. – was trying to fly to Hamburg after he learned that an international travel ban was about to be issued on him.

"He was shocked," the paper writes, when a police officer at passport control stopped him just minutes before his flight, saying there was an international travel ban.

The paper wrote that Cimen was planning to meet ex-prosecutor Zekeriya Oz, who also fled to Germany in August, shortly before an arrest warrant was issued for him by a Turkish criminal court for "forming an organization to commit crime" and "attempting to overthrow the government by use of force".

Adnan Cimen was allegedly involved in a wiretapping activity in 2014 and was suspected of having made a list of around 3,000 people, whose phones were monitored illegally by prosecutors. Cimen, however, has denied ordering the wiretapping activity.

In other news, papers report that three people have been detained on Thursday in an operation at Turkey's body responsible for organizing the national level university entrance examination and several other large-scale examinations – the OSYM.

The trio, who worked preparing exam questions, are suspected of "being the leaders of a cheating network," MILLIYET wrote. They are accused of having taken money from people with whom they shared the correct answers before the examinations.

YENI SAFAK claims that money gathered in this way was transferred to the so-called ‘parallel state,’ – a purported clandestine group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and police, which is accused of plotting to overthrow the elected government.

OSYM is now looking through the examinations carried out in the last five years, the paper says.

In economic news, DUNYA writes that the head of Turkey’s Exporters’ Assembly has called for the creation of a specific government ministry to promote innovation in the country. Mehmet Buyukeksi was quoted as saying that a high level of innovation would protect the country’s exports regardless of wage levels or currency fluctuations.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Kasım 2015, 12:15