US, EU condemn PKK terror attack in Turkey’s southeast

United States and European Union condemn PKK terror attack that killed five civilians, one police officer while injuring 39 people in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Police forensic experts examine a destroyed police station in Cinar in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, January 14, 2016

Updated Jan 15, 2016

United States (US) and European Union (EU) officials have announced on Thursday their strong condemnations against Wednesday’s PKK terror attack in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir where six people including five civilians were killed and 39 others were injured.

US Department of State spokesman John Kirby condemned "terrorist bombings in Diyarbakir in Turkey" and expressed American "condolences again to all those who were affected, killed, and wounded, as well as their family and friends," in a daily press briefing in Washington on Jan. 14. 

"Turkey is a friend and a NATO ally, and we will continue to stand with the Turkish people as they continue to deal with very real terrorist threats on their soil," Kirby stressed. 

European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic has also strongly condemned "the horrific attack by the PKK on the police headquarters in Cinar [district of Turkey's Diyarbakir province]."

“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved and sympathies to those injured," she continued.

"The continued deterioration of the overall security situation in the southeast of Turkey is extremely disquieting," she added. 

According to Diyarbakir Governorate, the latest incident took place in the Cinar district of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province on late Wednesday and one building collapsed due to the force of the blast.

Two suspects have reportedly been detained in relation to the deadly attack, but Turkish police have yet to release more details on the investigation.

Early on Thursday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the assault emphasising that his government is determined to eliminate terrorists from its southeastern and eastern regions.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan noted that the anti-terror operations against PKK take longer than expected because the security forces have been acting meticulously to prevent any harm to civilians in the provinces where the terrorist organisation stages its attacks.

The PKK - considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and EU - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against Turkey in late July after unilaterally ending a two and half year ceasefire.

Since then, more than 250 people including security officials and civilians have been killed in PKK terror attacks.

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