Governorship of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province announced on Monday four military security zone for 16 days aiming to counter terrorism against the outlawed PKK .
Releasing a statement on the issue, the officials of the governorship said that “The recent attacks of the separatist terrorist organisation [PKK] and the other ones started to influence the economic and social developments of the region.”
“Our Diyarbakir Governorship take every measures to establish the life safety of our people, continue the peace and reliance, and secure our nation and state against every kind of terrorist threats.”
Silvan, Lice, Dicle and Kulp Districts of Diyarbakir are the security zone released.
Right after the Turkey’s general election on June 7, PKK’s umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) issued a statement on July 11 declaring that its truce with the Turkish government has been ended and threatened Turkey with further attacks.
Co-chair of KCK, Bese Hozat, declared on July 15 that a new stage of “revolutionary war” had begun, releasing a column in a Turkish newspaper.
Hozat said “There must be raising hell and the earth must be shaken. Hundreds of thousands and millions shall rise and they should heighten the democracy struggle radically if needed, refusing to leave the squares for days, weeks.”
Over the course of 40 days, PKK terrorists killed at least 50 people in various terror attacks including suicide bombings, ambushes and assassinations targeting Turkish security forces as well as civilians across the country.
PKK is an armed militant group, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union, which has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in Turkey’s southeastern since early 1980s. The group were founded by Abdullah Ocalan who was captured in Kenya and imprisoned by the Turkish state in 1999.
Its attacks against the Turkish security officers claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of the conflict.