Policeman dies in PKK bomb attack in Turkey’s Diyarbakir

Police officer dies after PKK terrorists detonate bomb trap in Sur District of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Security forces conduct counter-terrorism operation in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province’s Sur district.

One Turkish police officer died and two others - a police officer and a soldier - were injured on Friday after PKK terrorists carried out a bomb attack in the Sur District of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province.

The attack was carried out during an anti-terror operation targeting PKK terrorists in Sur District where a curfew had been imposed on Dec. 11 in order to remove barricades with bombs which they had earlier set up in the streets.

The injured security officers were taken to Dicle University Hospital and are reportedly still undergoing medical treatment.

Anti-terror operations across Turkey

According to the Turkish Armed Forces, at least seven barricades built by PKK terrorists have been removed in the Sur District of Diyarbakir.

The TAF also stated that twelve PKK terrorists were killed in the Cizre District of Sirnak Province during the operations on Thursday.

“The total number of terrorists who have been neutralised has raisen to 173,” the TAF's statement added.

In addition, six improvised explosive devices were seized and eight barricades were removed in the district.

Giving details about other districts, the statement said "in Silopi District of Sirnak, four shotguns, a pistol and 600 kilograms of ammonium nitrate were seized by Turkish security forces while seven hand-made explosives were destroyed, 55 barricades were removed and 11 ditches were closed."

Comprehensive anti-terror operations have been launched in Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Mardin.

Within the scope of the operations, curfews in towns and cities across southeastern provinces have become a regular occurrence, in order to ensure the security of citizens during clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists.

The PKK, which is considered to be a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU, renewed its armed campaign in July after ending a two-year ceasefire with the Turkish government.

Since then, more than 200 members of the Turkish security forces have died while around 1,700 PKK terrorists have been killed.

TRTWorld, AA