No extremist organization can take Turkey hostage

Following attack that killed 11 police officers, PM Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey will make extremist PKK collapse

No extremist organization can take Turkey hostage

World Bulletin / News Desk

extremists cannot take Turkey hostage, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday. 

Speaking at a news conference in Istanbul alongside his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov, Yildirim said: "No extremist organization can take Turkey hostage."

Yildirim's remarks came hours after a PKK attack in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak which left 11 police officers killed, in addition to other recent high-profile attacks.

"Our citizens should understand and know that we are waging all-out war on all extremist organizations," he added. 

Yildirim also said Turkey "will cause the collapse of the extremist organization [PKK] that caused trouble" to the country.

"As Gazi [Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk] said during the War of Independence, 'Either independence or death'," said Yildirim. "We will give the necessary response to these villains who targeted the fellowship and unity of 79 million people."

At least 11 police officers were killed Friday when PKK extremists detonated a car bomb near a police checkpoint in the southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak, the regional governor's office said.

Health Minister Recep Akdag also said that the blast injured over 70 people, some critically.

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