Police officer dies of wounds suffered in PKK attack

Death toll rises to four after PKK terror attack in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Family of fallen police officer Muhammed Onur Demir

Turkish police officer, Muhammed Onur Demir, died on Saturday of wounds he suffered in the firefight following a terror attack by PKK terrorists on security forces in southeastern Sirnak province yesterday, bringing the death toll from the incident to four.

The officer was wounded when a group of gunmen attacked Turkish security forces on Friday in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak where three people died and 7 were wounded during the ensuing firefight.

According to the Sirnak Governorship, police officers had launched an operation on Friday morning, aimed at closing the ditches in the Silopi district dug out by militants of PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the US and the EU.

The militants in the area opened fire at police officers using automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades, set houses on fire and tried to block police from entering the area, seriously injuring one officer.

On Friday night, Turkish police officer, Salih Huseyin Parca (22), was killed and three others were wounded in another terror attack when a rocket launcher targeted an armoured police vehicle again in southeastern Sirnak province.

With officer Demir’s death, number of Turkish security officials killed in terror attacks mostly carried out by PKK since Suruc suicide bombing rose to 26.

Suruc suicide bombing in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS on July 20 claiming 33 lives, marked the date since when terror attacks against Turkish security officials increased.

TRTWorld and agencies