Thirteen PKK terror victims laid to rest after DNA tests

After forensic teams' identification, the 13 bodies of PKK terror victims, who died after terrorists blew up an explosive-laden truck on May 12, were buried in a mass funeral ceremony.

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Photo shows funeral prayer held for 13 people, who lost their lives in explosion of bomb-laden truck, detonated by terrorist organisation PKK at Sur District, in Diyarbakir, Turkey on May 17, 2016.

The identities of 13 people, who died in a bomb laden truck explosion, have been determined in Turkey’'s Diyarbakir, after forensic teams completed DNA tests.

The Diyarbakir prosecutor’s office had said in a statement on Monday that the bodies of the deceased would be released to family members soon.

The victims of the attacks were buried in a mass funeral, during which the residents of the village didn’'t let a member of opposition party HDP in to the condolence house and stopped him from speaking to the cameras.

On May 12, PKK terrorists blew up a truck that had up to 15 tonnes of explosives. 16 people died in the attack.

Only three bodies were identified initially, the others were initially unidentifiable due to the impact of the explosion.

According to local media, most of the victims were villagers attempting to stop PKK terrorists from operating in the area.

Witnesses of the incident said the people in the area confronted PKK terrorists and did not allow them to enter their village.

The terrorists then turned the vehicle around and tried to drive away, but they detonated the truck when they could not escape the villagers who were following them in their cars.

Photo shows the site of the explosion where PKK terrorists blew up an explosive laden truck killing 16 people in Sur district of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province. (AA)

PKK terror organisation resumed its 30-year armed campaign and terror attacks on July 2015 after a nearly two year ceasefire, and killed over 430 Turkish security personnel since then. Around 5,500 PKK terrorists have been killed in counter-terrorism operations.

PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU.

TRTWorld and agencies