PKK claims murder of two police officers in southeast Turkey

Outlawed PKK takes responsibility for murder of two Turkish police officers in southeastern province of Sanliurfa

Photo by: TRT WORLD
Photo by: TRT WORLD

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The armed unit of the outlawed PKK, the People's Defence Forces (HPG), announced responsibility for the killing of the two police officers who were found dead in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa on Wednesday.

Releasing a statement on its website, the HPG said the police officers were killed in revenge for a bomb attack in the border town of Suruc on Monday, which was allegedly carried out by ISIS.

“On July 22, a group of Apoist [pro-Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed leader of PKK] guerilla carried out a retaliation act in Ceylanpinar [a district of Sanliurfa] against two policemen who were in cooperation with ISIS gangs. As a result of the action, policemen named Feyyaz Yumusak and Okan Acar were killed, while their guns and identity cards were seized,” said HPG in the statement.

Nearly 300 members of the far-left pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) were attacked in the garden of a culture centre in Suruc District of Sanliurfa, before their journey to the Syrian town of Kobani with the purpose of delivering aid. 32 people were killed in the incident.

The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US as well as the EU and NATO.

The Governorate Office of Sanliurfa announced that two police officers were found shot dead in their homes in the Ceylanpinar District of Sanliurfa.

Sanliurfa Governor Izzettin Kucuk stated that the policemen were tasked in the action force department and were flatmates.

Meanwhile, the southeastern provinces of Turkey faces violence  inflicted by provocative actions and attacks of PKK and its youth wing Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H).

A group of people opened fire on security forces in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir with pump rifles, blocking the roads and making barricades with garbage dumpsters.

The armoured vehicles belonging to the security forces were also attacked by the group with stones and molotov cocktails, in incidents that took place to “protest” Monday’s Suruc attack in Sanliurfa.

Diyarbakir police repulsed the attacking group with pepper spray and were tasked to stay on alert at the region, Turkish media reported.

In similar incidents, PKK terrorists set a construction vehicle on fire in Silopi district of southeastern Sirnak province and another 11 vehicles including seven semis and one oil tanker in Kagizman district of eastern province of Kars on Tuesday night.

Following the events in Silopi two workers are missing, the officers reported.

According to the media, the workers were kidnapped by PKK terrorists and released on Wednesday morning.

During the events in Sirnak, a group of YDG-H members wearing balaclavas and oven gloves were photographed while they carried molotov cocktails in boxes with the purpose of attacking the security forces.

Similar groups including over 70 people attacked the police in southeastern province of Adiyaman while holding an unpermitted demonstration.

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.

TRTWorld and agencies