Turkey’s President Erdogan slams recent militant attacks

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slams recent militant attacks in Ceylanpinar district of Turkey’s Sanliurfa province where two police officers were murdered by outlawed PKK

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the murder of two police officers by the outlawed PKK in the Ceylanpinar district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa, in a written statement on the official website of the Turkish president on Wednesday.

“I condemn the murder of two police officers in Ceylanpinar district and I wish mercy for the martyries and patience for their families from the God,” Erdogan stated.

Reminding citizens of the previous suicide bombing in the border town of Suruc, Erdogan said, “Our country which is against any kind of terrorism including PKK and DAESH [the self-proclaimed State of Iraq and al-Sham, ISIS] mobilises all its means to find the perpetrators of both Ceylanpinar and Suruc attacks.”

The suicide bombing in the border town of Suruc on Monday, causing 32 civilians deaths, was allegedly carried out by ISIS.

The armed unit of the outlawed PKK and the People's Defence Forces (HPG), announced responsibility for the assassination of two police officers on Tuesday.

Both PKK and ISIS are listed as terrorist organisations by Turkey, the US and EU.

“The real intention of some groups are clear from their attitudes to ignore nefarious murders of the outlawed PKK and the intend to present this terrorist organisation as virtually innocent,” Erdogan claimed.

Erdogan interpreted the attitudes of the groups as “disgraceful” and said “the groups who openly express their leaning toward outlawed PKK keep silent over terrorist attacks and do not display courage to condemn the attacks.”

After the Suruc attack, the southeastern province of Turkey faced protests and armed attacks.

Some groups who protested over the Suruc incident caused tension in a southeastern province of Diyarbakir by setting fires in the streets and clashing with police on Tuesday.

Another group of demonstrators opened fire on security forces in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir with pump rifles, blocking the roads and barricading the streets with garbage dumpsters.

Meanwhile, the outlawed PKK has increased its attacks since issuing a statement on July 11 saying that the truce which was reached with the Turkish government at the end of 2012 has ended, threatening Turkey with attacks.

A group of PKK terrorists set a construction vehicle on fire in Silopi, a district of southeastern Sirnak province, and in another incident, 11 vehicles including seven semis and one oil tanker were set on fire in Kagizman, a district of eastern province of Kars, on Tuesday night.

TRTWorld and agencies