PKK terrorists in two seperate attacks, killed a special operations police officer and a sergeant in the Turkish Army on Thursday in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
The policeman Necmi Cakir was shot in the head during a clash with PKK terrorists in Silvan district, where a curfew had been announced on Tuesday to enable security officers to carry out anti-terror operations in the region. Another police officer was also injured in the attack.
On the same day, sergeant Beytullah Tercan was killed and two other soldiers were injured in clashes that erupted during counter-terrorism operations in rural areas of the Dicle district of Diyarbakir. In Dicle district, a curfew was implemented in 20 neighborhoods as a part of anti-terror operations.
The fallen policeman Cakir, who once served in a team tasked with protecting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had been initially taken to a hospital, however, he could not be saved despite all the efforts.
The PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO, has killed over 150 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey, since the group’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.
In the meantime, prime minister’s office has announced that Turkish Armed Forces will continue their military operations against the PKK terrorist organisation without interruption in winter, following a high-level security meeting led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The statement released by Davutoglu’s office on Wednesday stated that the prime minister has conveyed his congratulations at the meeting to the security units for their outstanding efforts during the election period.
Turkey’s top officials have discussed the security matters in detail, reviewing the recent anti-terrorism operations against the PKK groups and deciding their continuation according to the statement.
The high-ranking military officials have informed the prime minister on the operations along the Iraqi border and a particular success “in the regions of Oramar, Ikiyaka, and Daglica where the members of the terrorist organisation have been cleared [by security forces].”