PKK's Daglica attack targeted Turkish presidential referendum: Report

a PKK member said the attack was part of a plan to sabotage the presidential referendum that day, according to the Turkish daily Star.

PKK's Daglica attack targeted Turkish presidential referendum: Report

World Bulletin / News Desk

A member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who was reportedly among a large number of militants attacking a military unit in Dağlıca, Hakkari province, on Oct. 21, 2007, said the attack was part of a plan to sabotage the presidential referendum that day, according to the Turkish daily Star.

Twelve soldiers were killed and eight others captured by the PKK as a result of the attack. The soldiers were later freed by the militant group.

The Star daily reported that Felek Alp, who uses the codename “Ruken” within the PKK, was captured by the İstanbul police on Dec. 19. He was questioned by police for 10 days about his connection to the militant group.

The details of his interrogation have started to surface. According to Alp, the Dağlıca attack was carried out by a group of 500 militant.

“Our main aim was to negatively impact the nation during the presidential referendum,” he reportedly told police.

In 2007, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) introduced an amendment to have the president of the republic elected in a popular election after Parliament failed to choose a president. Turkey on Oct. 21 headed to a referendum, which was marred by the Dağlıca attack, and the change was ratified.

Alp said the PKK used heavy weapons, which they carried back to northern Iraq after the attack.

“Rubar Çele [another PKK militant] said the Dağlıca outpost would be targeted in an attack and would deal a severe blow to Turkey during the presidential referendum. He said the attack would change the agenda in Turkey,” he noted.

He also said the PKK explored the vicinity of the outpost before the attack and decided to send militants and weapons to all hills in the area.

“We carried weapons and munitions to hills surrounding the Dağlıca outpost around one week before the attack. We placed an anti-aircraft missile on a hill overlooking the outpost and buried some of the munitions so that the Turkish military would not be able to seize them if something went wrong and we got caught. We waited for one week in the region, where there was no military activity at the time. We saw some Herons flying overhead but remained inactive in our positions and they failed to detect us,” Alp added. The militant also said the PKK group left the region after the attack without sustaining any casualties.

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