Armed attack on military base in Turkey’s Hakkari province

Turkish Armed Forces reports armed attack on military base in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) released a statement on Thursday saying that an armed attack by mortar had been carried out by a militant group in Yuksekova, a district Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari.

The attack targeted the 7th Border Regiment Command in Daglica Base Area of Turkish Land Forces Command, which saw an immediate response by the soldiers of the base. No damages or casualties occurred.

Meanwhile, eight former militants of Turkey’s-outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) surrendered to security forces in Sirnak, a southeastern province in Turkey.

It was determined that eight former militants of the PKK had escaped from the militant group.

A total of 709 former militants have surrendered in Sirnak and it’s districts since March 2013, according to statement made by governorship.

Also in Sirnak, pieces of a rocket were found late on May 27. Reported by local people, the pieces were taken by the police to be examined in their headquarters.

The PKK, whose founder Abdullah Ocalan is currently imprisoned, began its armed struggle against the Turkish government in 1984.

Mostly active in the southeastern provinces of Turkey, the PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU.

A peace process was initiated by the government in 2012 and the majority of the efforts of the process are aimed at resolving the three decades long conflict between the PKK and the government.

TRTWorld and agencies