Anti-ISIL raid at dawn in southeastern province of Diyarbakir dominates front pages of Turkish dailies on Tuesday


World Bulletin / News Desk

Tuesday's papers mainly covered a major police raid on suspected ISIL militants on Monday in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, which resulted in the deaths of two police officers and seven militants. 

"Clash with ISIL for 7.5 hours" was HURRIYET's front pages, reporting that, during the police operation, the militants detonated bombs planted in the garden of the home in which they were staying.

According to paper, 12 ISIL militants were taken into custody. Five police officers were also reportedly injured during the operation. 

In remarks made in Istanbul, Turkish deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that the operation to nab the suspects had begun at around 4 a.m. local time (0100GMT).

MILLIYET ran with the headline "A major operation against ISIL". Citing the militants' next-door neighbors, the daily reported that the militants moved into the residential building in the Kayapinar district two months ago. 

"We woke up with the shots. We were sleeping with our two-month-old baby. As soon as we heard the shots, we took shelter in the bathroom. They [the ISIL militants] demolished the wall and tried to enter our house," the neighbors said, according to daily.

Most papers featured pictures of the operation showing armored vehicles, police taking cover and smoke rising from what appears to be a residential area.  

Turkey has been conducting operations against ISIL since the suicide bombing Suruc on July 20 which claimed the lives of 32 victims.

ISIL is among the terrorist organizations also accused of killing 102 people in two suicide bombings at a peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Oct. 10.

In other news, Turkish dailies also reported on the magnitude-7.5 earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday.

"Asia shaken" read YENI SAFAK'S headline. The paper said that the quake lasted 40 seconds and has left at least 260 people dead so far. 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake’s epicenter was 45 km south-southwest of Jarm, Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan.

CUMHURIYET said the earthquake struck in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan.

According to the paper, the earthquake caused a stampede in Pakistan as a large number of people panicked. 

According to the Afghan Health Ministry, medical teams have been dispatched to the country’s most affected areas, while hospitals countrywide have been put in a state of high alert.

Search-and-rescue operations are currently underway nationwide, with an unknown number of people still trapped under debris amid fears that the death toll could rise further.​

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ekim 2015, 11:40