Four Turkish security officials killed in terror attacks

PKK terrorists kill four Turkish security officials in two separate attacks carried out in Turkey’s southeastern Bingol and Hakkari provinces

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Wounded soldier brought to Bingol State Hospital after PKK attack

Updated Aug 16, 2015

Two separate terror attacks carried out by PKK terrorists on Saturday killed four Turkish security officials in Turkey’s southeastern Bingol and Hakkari provinces.

A mine trap laid by PKK terrorists killed three Turkish soldiers -  non-commissioned officer Muhammet Gurlek, senior sergeant Musa Saydam, senior sergeant Hasim Dirik - and wounded six in Karliova district of Turkey’s southeastern Bingol province on Saturday.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) announced in its website that the militants laid a mine which was remote controlled on a highway in Karliova and blasted it while a military vehicle was passing by.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO and EU.

The organisation increased attacks on Turkish soldiers and civilians this week, killing 15 security officials and one civilian.

Meanwhile, a police officer was killed in a gunfight between security forces and PKK terrorists in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province.

Police opened fire on PKK terrorists who attacked on police in the Semdinli district on Saturday.

The security forces also claimed to have killed four of the attackers, including a female assailant. Police said the attackers took the bodies of slain militants with them.

The attacks come after a group of PKK terrorists killed three Turkish soldiers tasked in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province and wounded six in a conflict against TAF on Friday.

Right after Turkey’s general election on June 7, PKK’s umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) issued a statement on July 11 declaring that its truce with the Turkish government has ended and threatened Turkey with further attacks.

Co-chair of KCK, Bese Hozat, declared on July 15 that a new stage of “revolutionary war” had begun.

Hozat said “There must be raising hell and the earth must be shaken. Hundreds of thousands and millions shall rise and they should heighten the democracy struggle radically if needed, refusing to leave the squares for days, weeks.”

Since July 11, more than 40 Turkish security officers and seven civilians were killed by PKK and its youth wing Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H).

Stepping up its security measures against PKK, ISIS and other militant groups, Turkish security forces detained 1,821 and arrested 412 suspects since late July.

TRTWorld and agencies