PKK attack in eastern Igdir province dominates Wednesday's coverage


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Wednesday mainly covered the deadly terrorist attack in eastern Turkey in which 13 policemen were martyred as well as the funeral service for Sunday’s fallen soldiers.

“Igdir’s mourning” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting that the attack by the terrorist PKK in the eastern province of Igdir claimed the lives of 13 police officers on Tuesday.

Police were escorting customs officials to their post on Turkey’s border with the Azerbaijani enclave of Nakhchivan when the convoy was hit by a roadside bomb as it passed through the village of Hasanhan.

HURRIYET claimed the PKK tried to stage a similar attack twice (one on Aug. 21 and another on Aug. 27) in the same area but failed. Police in the region had reportedly requested an armored vehicle for transportation but it was not delivered.

One of the victims in Igdir turned out to be a personal bodyguard of Abdullah Gul when he was president, according to HURRIYET.

The daily reported that two other police officers were martyred in the eastern province of Agri and in the southeastern province of Mardin on Tuesday, raising the death toll on Tuesday to 15.

VATAN claimed that PKK terrorists had wired 500 meters of cable to one ton of explosives in Igdir. Militants also blocked the road with a car and used a herd of sheep to force the police car to the bomb area, according to VATAN.

“Pain over pain” was CUMHURIYET’s headline while “One-ton bomb for a police car” was MILLIYET’s.

The attack in Igdir follows Sunday’s roadside blast in Hakkari province that killed at least 16 soldiers -- the deadliest attack since the PKK terrorist organization renewed its armed offensive at the end of July.

Funeral services were held for fallen soldiers on Tuesday.

“Tearful farewell” was MILLIYET’s headline, publishing a photo of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shedding tears during the funeral service held in the eastern province of Van.

“Farewell to Daglica’s martyrs” was HABERTURK’s headline.

VATAN chose “Shoulder to Shoulder”, reporting that all victims of the Daglica ambush were displayed side-by-side in the coffins.

Following the recent terrorist attacks, tens of thousands people hit the streets for protests across the country late Tuesday.

Several people attacked bureaus of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP.

HURRIYET reported that HDP said 128 of their offices had been attacked. The party headquarters in Ankara was set on fire, according to HURRIYET.

“Tough night” was HABERTURK’s headline, reporting on nationwide protests and attacks against HDP offices.

The Hurriyet newspaper’s Istanbul office was again pelted with stones late Tuesday. The daily was similarly attacked Sunday night.

“The second attack” was HURRIYET’s headline, reporting that the few police officers could not stop attackers. At least four gunshots were also heard during the assault on Hurriyet's offices.

The daily said the angry mob was stopped at the entrance of the building with the help of employees, private security guards, and police.

HURRIYET also reported its printing house in Ankara was attacked.

In the face of such attacks and nationwide protests, prominent political leaders have appealed for calm, according to dailies.

“Call for common sense and moderation” said HABERTURK, reporting that Kemal Kilicdaroglu, chairman of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, said he would do anything to stop the ongoing bloodshed.

Similarly, Devlet Bahceli, chairman of Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, called on supporters to act reasonably.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Eylül 2015, 12:08