Five-year-old child killed by kalashnikov bullet in Turkey

Five-year-old boy killed after being hit by kalashnikov bullet in southeastern Turkish province of Sirnak

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

On Monday a five-year-old boy lost his life after being hit by a bullet from a kalashnikov assault rifle while he was playing the garden of his home in the Cizre District of Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak Province.

Officials said no operational activities were being undertaken by security forces on the street.

A comprehensive anti-terror operation against PKK terrorists has been continuing in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin since mid-December.

During clashes between Turkish security forces and the PKK in southeastern Turkey the terrorists reportedly attempted to use children as human shields against security forces.

PKK terrorists also killed two civilians and injured two others after opening fire on a house, targeting a family, in Turkey's Mardin Province last week.

On December 22, the terrorists also targeted around 300 civilians with rifles and rocket launchers in the Silopi District of southeastern Sirnak Province.

According to military sources more than 200 PKK terrorists have been killed in the operation since mid-December..

Meanwhile, many citizens left the Cizre and Silopi districts of Sirnak Province after curfews were declared by the authorities in order to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.

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

The militant group began renewed terror attacks in Turkey when its umbrella organisation the KCK unilaterally ended an over two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

Since then, more than 200 Turkish security officials have died in clashes while 1,700 PKK terrorists have been killed in anti-terror operations.

TRTWorld and agencies