Turkey farewells soldiers killed in latest PKK terror attack

Turkey holds ceremony for soldiers killed in terror attacks by PKK terrorists in Turkey’s southeast

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Coffins of martyred wrapped in Turkish flag at the funeral ceremony.

Turkish soldiers killed by the PKK terrorists in Wednesday's terrorist attacks were farewelled at the official martyr funeral ceremony on Thursday in southern province of Siirt where they were ambushed. 

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

Gerdarmerie Specialist Sergeant Hakan Akturk, Gendarmerie Specialist Sergeant Ferdi Gerekli, Specialist Sergeant Baris Akin, Gendarmerie Private Mehmet Halil Barkin, Gerdarmerie Private Recep Beycur, Gendarmerie Private Omer Erustun, Gerdarmerie Private Bahadir Aydin and Gerdarmerie Private Emre Kaan Arli were sent to their hometowns after the funeral in Siirt province. 

The families and relatives of the soldiers shared their last memories with their losses while the participants at the funeral shouted slogans against PKK.

It’s reported that last message of Sergeant Akturk on social media was a celebration for his daughter Aysel Akturk (14) over her success in high school entrance exams.

“My dear daughter. Even you have relocated three provinces and five schools in your primary school life due to your father’s job, even you studied three years in absense of your father, God remunerated your efforts. Even now we are separated," wrote father Akturk on social media. 

"I hope you, my lovely daughter, would pass the university exams one day and I also get to congratulate you then.” 

Turkey lost the most soldiers in a single attack on Wednesday since the breaking of ceasefire by PKK and its umbrella organisation Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK).

The militants killed eight soldiers in Siirt by laying a mine trap on a highway, bringing the number of soldiers killed in recent terror attacks by the group to 56.

Four soldiers were killed by PKK terrorists in Lice District in southeastern Diyarbakir Province in the course of the last two days after soldiers took part in a day-long clash with militants that started on Tuesday.

Turkish gendarmerie Lieutenant Hubeyip Turan, Specialist Sergeant Muhammet Tufan, Specialist Sergeant Latif Adiguzel and Sergeant Metin Aydemir died despite all medical efforts in Diyarbakir hospital.

Mustafa Adiguzel, the father of Sergeant Adiguzel, said that his son would be married in a month when he was to take a leave from the army for his wedding.

“We would hold his wedding in a month. Tell those traitors [PKK terrorists] that I have two more sons. These lands are not abandoned. His grandfather is 70 years old and he says ‘I will go [to army] too.’ If it is necessarry, I go too. The boy that they martyred was an angel,” said father Adiguzel.

Right after the Turkey’s general election on June 7, KCK issued a statement on July 11 and declared, threatening Turkey with further attacks, its truce with the Turkish government has ended. 

Co-chair of KCK, Bese Hozat, declared on July 15 that a new stage of “revolutionary war” began, publishing a column in a local newspaper.

Hozat said “Hell must be raised and earth must be shaken. Hundred thousands and millions shall rise and radically heighten the democracy struggle if needed, refusing to leave the squares for days, weeks.”

Since July 11, 56 security officers and seven civilians were killed by PKK terrorists and its youth wing YDG-H.