Clashes leave one Turkish soldier dead in Adiyaman province

One Turkish soldier killed in clashes with members of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey’s southeastern Adiyaman province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The outlawed PKK killed one Turkish soldier and injured two others on Monday in the clashes with the Turkish armed forces in Komur town of southeastern Adiyaman province.

According to Turkish Armed Forces Chief of General Staff , the operation carried out against the PKK was launched at 10:30am on July 20, 2015 when the PKK members fired out.

Second fire, launched at 3:20pm by the PKK, martyred one Turkish soldier and left two others injured.

The PKK members targeted the Turkish security forces when they were patrolling area in Kurk and Derinsu sites of the district.

Two wounded soldiers are reported to be taken under treatment in Adiyaman province.

A large amount of livestock hidden in woods was found in the region where clashes have been still continuing and caves, the PKK members use to settle in, were discovered.

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) issued a statement on July 11, 2015 saying that the truce which was reached with the Turkish government at the end of 2012 has ended, threatening Turkey with attacks.

The KCK is an umbrella organisation which brings all members and activities of the PKK together.

PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan - the currently imprisoned leader of the militant organisation - and his supporters, is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the US, NATO and the EU, and the conflict between the PKK and Turkey has claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people over three decades.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an initiative in 2012 while he was serving as the prime minister and opened up the peace talk process with the PKK, but the process has temporarily stalled over the militant group's reluctance to give up arms despite its imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan called the group to do so.

TRTWorld and agencies