PKK attacks plus the rising Turkish death toll from Friday's Mecca crane accident dominated Monday’s headlines


World Bulletin / News Desk

Monday’s dailies dedicated their front pages to separate PKK-led attacks which martyred at least three policemen and injured five others on Sunday in the southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Diyarbakir.

"Dawn trap," was HURRIYET's headline, reporting that the PKK terrorist organization attacked a police checkpoint in Sirnak with a bomb-laden car and gunfire.

According to the daily, the terrorist group also launched a rocket attack on police officers in Silvan district of Diyarbakir province.

MILLIYET ran the headline: "Three policemen martyred, 9 terrorists killed." After the attacks, an air-backed operation was launched in the region and killed a total of nine terrorists, the daily said.

The PKK, which is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU, renewed an armed campaign against the Turkish state in the aftermath of the July 20 suicide bombing in Sanliurfa province’s Suruc district.

More than 100 members of the security forces have been martyred in the violence so far.

In other news, dailies covered the rising Turkish death toll from Friday's crane accident in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia.

"The death toll rises to seven," according to VATAN, reporting the sad story of one of the victims, Metin Yazgan, who had waited for nine years to go to Mecca to perform Hajj.

According to officials from Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, the seven have been identified as: Kadir Gokmen; Ramazan Ozmen; Sukru Karatepe; Suleyman Eskiler; Yusuf Alci; Metin Yazgan; and Erol Karaagacli.

AKSAM said the families of the victims wanted their deceased relatives to be buried in Mecca.

According to the Saudi authorities, a total of 107 people were killed on Friday afternoon when a massive crane collapsed in the Grand Mosque, which at the time had been teeming with worshippers.

In economic news, financial newspaper DUNYA covered Turkey's Solar Power Plant (GES) Fields project which is based in the central province of Konya.

According to the daily, when finished, the two huge solar-power fields will produce as much energy as Turkey’s Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant and cost $5 billion. 

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