Armed attack on police in southeastern Turkish province

Police officer injured with long barreled weapons and improvised explosives while approaching group attacking CCTV cameras in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A police officer was injured on Thursday with long barreled weapons and improvised explosives after approaching a group of 25 people attacking MOBESE CCTV cameras in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak.

The group was spotted attacking CCTV cameras in the Idil district of Sirnak.

Police forces were encountered at the scene with an armed attack by the group in which police officer Mehmet Salih T. was injured by the explosives.

The officer was hospitalised and an investigation has been launched in order to find the assailants who are claimed to have connections with the outlawed PKK.

Early on Tuesday, a bomb attack was carried out by the outlawed PKK on a military vehicle providing security for the Silvan Dam construction in Silvan, a district in Turkey's southeast.

Diyarbakir’s governor issued a statement after the attack saying that there were no loss of lives while minor damages were seen on the armored vehicle.

The statement also said that security measures were immediately taken.

Built as a part of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), Silvan Dam will become the second biggest irrigation dam after the Atatürk Dam located on the Euphrates River in Turkey’s southeast.

With the completion of the project, 2.35 million hectares of agricultural land will be irrigated and approximately 318,000 job opportunities will be provided.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU.

A peace process was initiated in 2012 by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to resolve a 30-year-old armed conflict between the PKK and the Turkish government, which has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people and injured thousands more mainly in the country’s southeastern provinces.

TRTWorld and agencies