Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday attended funeral services held in Turkey's eastern province of Van for 10 soldiers, who were killed in PKK terror attack in Turkey's southeastern Daglica region in Hakkari province.
Sixteen soldiers were killed on Sunday when the militants detonated an improvised explosive devices (IED), which was previously planted on the side of the road, where military vehicles were passing. The bodies of 10 soldiers were sent to their hometowns following the funeral service in Van, while six others were sent to the institution of forensic medicine.
During the funeral service, PM Davutoglu offered his condolences and asked his people to stand in unity against the “terrorists who lost their human feelings."
He asked for people to stand upright and in unity, regardless of political opinion, ethnicity or ideologies.
Davutoglu ended his speech with his promise to the lost soldiers, saying that "they [militants] will pay for every drop of blood they [militants] shed.”
Following the deadly terror attack conducted by the PKK in Daglica, the Turkish Air Force carried out air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq, including Qandil, Hakkurk, Avasin, Metina, Basyan, Gare and Zap, with more than 50 F-16 and F-4 aircrafts overnight.
PKK terrorists launched several attacks against Turkish security forces since the Suruc suicide bombing in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS on July 20.
Until now 111 security forces have been killed, 2 of them by ISIS and 109 by PKK.