Mortar attack on military base injures one in Hakkari

Turkish General Staff releases statement saying group of militants targeted military base with mortar fire in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

According to a statement released by the Turkish General Staff on Wednesday, a group of militants affiliated with outlawed PKK attacked the Daglica military base - close to the Iraqi border - with mortars and anti-aircraft weapons in Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari.

Noting that the military unit stationed in the province immediately retaliated against the militant attacks, the statement said a 15-year-old girl - Mizgin Tire - from Daglica district suffered injury to her ear, arms and legs due to one of the mortars hitting the village.

First-aid was provided in a military infirmary then Mire was transferred to Yuksekova State Hospital, the statement added.

The statement also emphasised that safety measures were increased and surveillance activities are continuing.

This is the second attack that the outlawed PKK has committed after Turkey’s June 7 general election.

On June 8 - one day after the election - the PKK attacked the Daglica military base with two mortars and anti-aircraft weapons. No casualties were reported following the incident.

Meanwhile, a specialised sergeant and a woman were injured on Wednesday after an armed attack to their parked car in Cizre, a district in the Sirnak province of southeastern Turkey.

The officials said eight bullets targeted the car while the assailants are still unknown.

The injured sergeant and the woman are in good conditions, officials added.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK - which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan, the currently imprisoned leader of the militant organisation.

Armed conflict between the PKK and the government as well as sporadic acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years and claimed more than 40,000 lives in the southeastern provinces of Turkey.

A peace process was initiated by the AK Party government at the end of 2012 and the majority of the efforts of the process have been aimed at resolving the armed conflict between the PKK and the government.

The process has experienced ups and downs with the deputies of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) often visiting Ocalan to conduct negotiations between the sides.

The party also used this position to threaten the government over the possible violence which could occur if it was unable to pass Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold in the June 7 election.

However, it passed the electoral threshold, gaining 13 percent of the vote and entering the parliament as a political party for the first time.

The latest clashes have come while there is still officially a ceasefire between the PKK and the Turkish military as a result of the peace process.

It was thought that the PKK might have stopped the attacks if the HDP passed the 10 percent electoral threshold, but the recent incidents suggests the opposite.

TRTWorld and agencies