Turkish Army says 'martyrs' now four in Hakkari province

Turkish General Staff announces that one more soldier has died from heavy wounds, increasing casualties to four following recent clashes between PKK terrorists and security forces in eastern province of Hakkari

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Lieutenant Colonel Ihsan Ejdar, who was was the commanding officer of the Daglica battalion, was killed in the PKK terror attack on Oct. 17, 2015

The Turkish military has announced that casualties have risen to four after one more soldier died from heavy wounds he sustained in recent clashes between PKK terrorists and security forces taking place in the eastern province of Hakkari.

“One more of our brave fellow soldiers who was wounded heavily in clashes that occurred during operations carried out in the Daglica region and surrounding areas, he was martyred despite of all the efforts to save his life,” the army statement has indicated on Oct. 18.

“The medical treatment of our other five brave fellow soldiers has also been continuing,” the statement added.  

Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) previously stated that “three soldiers martyred by PKK terrorists during security operations” near the Daglica village in the eastern province of Hakkari on Oct. 17.

One of the “martyred” soldiers is a lieutenant colonel and the other two are sergeants according to Turkish media reports.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also informed that the lieutenant colonel Ihsan Ejdar killed in the PKK terror attack was the commanding officer of the Daglica battalion.  

The battalion is located along the Turkish border with Iran and has been attacked numerous times in the past.

Lieutenant Colonel Ilker Celikcan, who was Ejdar’s predecessor as the commanding officer of the battalion, was also killed alongside fifteen Turkish soldiers stationed in the Daglica battalion of the Yuksekova district of Hakkari during a PKK terror attack on Sept. 6.

TAF also noted that the clashes are still continuing and 17 PKK terrorists have been eliminated in the clashes.

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

PKK terror attacks have killed 146 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

TRTWorld and agencies