A locally elected official was killed by PKK terrorists in Turkey's southeastern province of Sanliurfa on Monday after a weekend of violent clashes between security forces and PKK groups, according to security sources.
Ibrahim Inco, the village leader of Sarioren in the Sanliurfa province, was shot because he resisted to PKK terrorists who wanted to hijack his car, the sources said.
They were fleeing from a scene close to the area of the killing incident after detonating an explosive targeting a military vehicle. Three soldiers were hurt in the explosion, the sources indicated.
The Turkish military said 25 PKK terrorists were killed in the Nusaybin district of the Mardin province, the Sirnak province, and the Yuksekova district of the Hakkari province during last weekend’s operations.
On Sunday, two soldiers have died and seven wounded in Nusaybin, which is located near the Syrian border, where security forces have recently began extensive operations against terrorists who had detonated explosives in a building security forces were searching.
In a separate incident in Nusaybin, which has been under a round-the-clock curfew since March 14, a soldier died by sniper fire, and a police officer died in a bomb attack.
Nusaybin is the latest town to see security operations as the military tries to root out PKK terrorists from urban centres where they have erected barricades and dug trenches. The military has also launched dozens of air strikes against PKK bases in northern Iraq.
More than 350 members of the security forces died since the terror attacks flared up last year, triggering the heaviest clashes since the 1990s. He said the PKK losses were at least 10 times as high.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its eastern and southeastern regions by the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, the EU, and NATO.
The PKK was established by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters in 1974 in Ankara and the group began launching terror attacks in 1984. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives.
The latest attacks since last July mark one of the deadliest periods in the terror group’s violent history.