PKK spokesman says they will not ‘repeat’ pipeline attacks

Outlawed PKK spokesman Zagros Hiwa says group is not planning to make further pipeline attacks

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Photo by: AA

The outlawed PKK's spokesman told on Sunday that the militant group does not intend to make further attacks on the pipeline carrying oil from Iraq to Turkey's Ceyhan Terminal.

According to the Iraq Oil Report, PKK's spokesman Zagros Hiwa said “I can assure everyone that HPG is not hostile against anything related to interests of our people in southern Kurdistan [Iraqi Kurdistan], and such attacks will not repeat.”

People's Defence Forces (HPG) is the armed unit of PKK based in North Iraq and Turkey.

PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US, and EU.

PKK terrorists have sabotaged three gas pipelines in Turkey’s southern provinces in recent weeks. Two natural gas pipelines were attacked in Kars and Agri and an oil pipeline was damaged in Sirnak.

Following the attacks on pipelines, energy officials announced Turkey will heighten security measures to safeguard the energy supply.

The new security measures include deployment of thermal cameras and horse-back patrols around the key oil and gas pipelines.

The PKK is a militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in southeast Turkey, since the early 1980s.

The group has claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish government.

In early 2013, Turkey launched a ‘Peace Process’ to end years of armed conflict wıth the PKK and build reforms regarding the constitution.

However, the PKK decided to end the ceasefire on July 11, 2015 using the construction of dams in southeastern Turkey as an excuse.

TRTWorld and agencies