Two Turkish police officers were attacked by unidentified masked gunmen suspected of being militants on Thursday in the Sehitlik District of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, Turkish media reported. One of traffic police officers, Tansu Aydin, died after the attack, while the other, Ali Karahan, was taken to the hospital.
According to media sources, the attackers called a local police precinct submitting a false report about a traffic accident to lure the officers to the scene of the attack.
The attackers suspected being militants blocked the highway between Diyarbakir and Hani, setting two cars on fire and fleeing the scene after confiscating the keys of many vehicles.
The episode was suspected to be the fourth deadly revenge assault following the Suruc attack allegedly launched by ISIS, and the latest in a growing list of attacks in the southeast against security forces, by the outlawed PKK and its youth wing the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H).
Nearly 300 members of the pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) were attacked on Monday in the Suruc District of Sanliurfa by a suicide bomber, before their planned journey to the Syria’s town of Kobani where they planned to deliver humanitarian aid.
The savage explosion left 32 dead and injured more than hundred.
On Wednesday, the armed unit of the PKK, the People’s Defence Forces (HPG), claimed that it had killed two police officers, Feyyaz Ozsahra and Okan Acar, as revenge for the Suruc attack.
Furthermore, Ethem Turkben, a civilian working in an aid foundation, was murdered on Wednesday in his own house in Turkey’s southern province of Adana by the YDG-H.
According to Turkish media outlets, local residents of Adana reported that the YDG-H also organised attacks on building belonging to Muslim associations. Two members of the YDG-H are reported to have died following the clashes in the region.
YDG-H members also killed Mursel Gul, a salesperson, in Istanbul, claiming Gul had fought for ISIS against the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) in northern Syria.
The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella organisation which brings all members and activities of the PKK together, issued a statement on July 11 saying that the truce which was reached with the Turkish government at the end of 2012 has ended, threatening Turkey with attacks.