Turkish dailies Wednesday cover aftermath of Diyarbakir anti-ISIL police raid


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish newspapers on Wednesday focused on the aftermath of Monday’s police raid on a ISIL cell in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir that resulted in the deaths of two police officers and seven terrorists.

“Suicide Bomber Opens the Door” was Hurriyet’s front page headline that claimed the suicide bomber detonated explosives while opening the door to police.

The paper carried two photographs from the scene showing ruined buildings and an arsenal seized by police at addresses in Diyarbakir.

Quoting an officer who took part in the raid but who spoke anonymously, the paper said the terrorists fought to the “last bullet”.

“Raid Everywhere” was Vatan’s headline, reporting the largest anti-ISIL operation to date was carried out within 24 hours of the officers’ deaths. The paper said 77 arrests were made across five provinces.

“Here are Those ISIS Members” was Haberturk’s headline, using another acronym for ISIL. The daily reported details about the killed terrorists, noting five were from the eastern province of Bingol. It said they acted like students and carried a photograph of a book hollowed out to carry a handgun.

Wednesday’s newspapers also covered protests in Ankara over a court’s decision to place the Koza Ipek Holding conglomerate, which has interests in media, energy, construction and mining, in administration amid allegations of financial links to Fetullah Gulen’s alleged terrorist group.

Cumhuriyet ran the headline “Like a Coup” in reporting how police forced entry to Koza Ipek’s head office in Ankara to issue the court’s decision.

The daily reported police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters.

Sabah newspaper said prosecutors had strong evidence the company had provided funding to Gulen.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ekim 2015, 13:57