Police officer, civilian killed in Turkey’s southeast

Police officer and one civilian killed in armed attack by alleged PKK terrorists in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 30, 2015

Police officer Mehmet Uyar and a civilian, Osman Caran, were killed in an armed attack by alleged PKK terrorists on Wednesday in Turkey’s Diyarbakir province, officials announced.

The attack took place while two police officers were sitting in a tea house in Diyarbakir.

Alleged PKK terrorists fired with long-ranged rifles, targeting the two police officers.

Officer Uyar and the civilian, Osman Caran, who were at the scene of the shooting were shot by the attackers.

The two were taken to Cinar Public Hospital but despite all the efforts, they could not be saved.

Security forces immediately launched a wide-scale operation to catch the militants.

Turkey has been a target of increasing attacks by militant groups such as the self-proclaimed ISIS and PKK since a suicide bombing, allegedly carried out by ISIS, in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province claimed 32 lives on July 20.

Outlawed PKK has also increased its attacks on both police and the Turkish Armed Forces and killed several security officers after the Suruc suicide bombing.

Before the death of Uyar, 10 Turkish security officials were killed in terror attacks by PKK and ISIS since the Suruc bombing.


With the death of Caran, the number of civilian deaths in terror attacks since July 20 rose to three.  

Alarmed by the increasing number of attacks, on July 24, thousands of Turkish security forces and gendarmerie have launched nationwide anti-terrorism operations in many cities across Turkey.

Turkish security forces have detained 1,302 suspects across 39 Turkish provinces in the nationwide "anti-terrorist operations," authorities said.

Most of the suspects allegedly belonged to ISIS, PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

Turkey also hit positions held by ISIS and PKK in Syria and Northern Iraq with air strikes since July 24.

Speaking in his party’s group meeting on Tuesday, Davutoglu spoke regarding the anti-terror operations.

Reminding the recent operations against the militant groups, mainly PKK, ISIS and the far-left militant group DHKP-C, “The operations will continue until all the groups disarm and leave the country,” Davutoglu said.


TRTWorld and agencies