Security officer dies in PKK terror attack in Turkey’s east

PKK terror attack kills Turkish security officer, civilian in Cizre district of southeastern Sirnak province

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PKK terrorists attack a construction site in Cizre district of Sirnak province on Nov. 24, 2015

Updated Nov 26, 2015

A PKK terror attack has killed one Turkish security officer and a civilian in the Cizre district of the southeastern Sirnak province which has been one of the most restive locations throughout armed clashes between PKK and security forces.  

PKK terrorists have opened fire on Tuesday at a construction site where workers contracted with the Sirnak police department have been building a concrete barrier in order to strengthen the defenses of a police station in the district.

Sabri Oglak, a worker at the site, was severely wounded by the attack and ambulanced to a nearby state hospital where he was pronounced dead by the health officials according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.

Security forces have launched an operation following the terror attack and clashed with a PKK group in the Yafes neighbourhood of the district where five terrorists have been killed by the police action.

During the operations, Umut Tuncay, a police captain, was also heavily wounded by a PKK marksman and could not be rescued despite all efforts that were given by medics to save his life, media accounts reported.

The Sirnak governorate declared a curfew, which was in effect from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, following the incidents and security forces have reportedly been conducting operations in order to secure the district.

The PKK has been recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 150 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

The Istanbul police department has also conducted simultaneous operations supported by police helicopters in the Kucukcekmece district of the metropolitan city, detaining at least twelve suspects who have allegedly been linked with the PKK terrorist organisation.

Anadolu Agency recounted that security forces also launched a comprehensive operation supported by police helicopters in Turkey’s southern province of Adana where at least twenty suspects have been taken into custody on the grounds that they have ties to the outlawed PKK.

TRTWorld and agencies