One Turkish police officer shot dead in Istanbul

One police officer shot and killed in Istanbul while trying to make arrest

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

One Turkish police officer was shot and killed in Sultangazi district of Istanbul while on duty on Sunday.

The officer, Mehmet Fatih Sivri, was part of a team trying to arrest several people in Gazi neighborhood of the district after police dispersed a group “belonging to an illegal organization.”

According to a statement by Istanbul Police Department, the masked and uniformed group was dispersed for making propaganda in the funeral ceremony of a woman who was allegedly a member of  far-leftist militant group, the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front  (DHKP-C).

She was killed in Bagcilar on Friday in a shootout with police during an operation continuing across Turkey.

Officer Sivri was shot in the chest area by unknown assailants when he entered a building to make arrest.

The officer was immediately taken to a hospital for medical treatment, however he could not be saved.

Police started an operation in the area to capture the assailants.

Attacks by the outlawed militant groups such as DHKP-C, PKK and ISIS increased in the last week following a suicide bombing by ISIS that killed 32 people in Suruc district of Sanliurfa province on Monday.

In response, Turkey increased security measures conducting air strikes and anti-terror operations against militant groups capturing hundreds of members throughout country.

“The operations targeting members of ISIS, the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C), the outlawed PKK and the PKK’s youth affiliate the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) will continue as long as the threats remain,” turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.

In the latest attack by PKK, wo Turkish soldiers have been killed and four others injured after a car filled with explosives was blown up by PKK terrorists whilst a military vehicle was passing by in Lice district of southeastern Diyarbakir province late on Saturday.


TRTWorld and agencies