Turkish PM Davutoglu condemns PKK terror attack in Diyarbakir

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu condemns recent PKK terror attack which claimed lives of at least five civilians including children in Diyarbakir

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks in an event of Turkey’s scientific and technological research council (TUBITAK) on Thursday

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has condemned the heinous attack by PKK terrorists which claimed the lives of at least five civilians in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir late on Wednesday.

“Terror is an enemy against all humanity and it is an obligation for all of us to be in solidarity against any kind of terrorism,” Davutoglu said, speaking at an event regarding Turkey’s scientific and technological research council (TUBITAK) on Thursday.

“As we fight against terrorism, we are also determined to erase the sources that terrorists benefit from,” he said. 

The prime minister also offered his condolences for the victims of the terror attack in Diyarbakir and wished the injured ones a speedy recovery.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also condemned the attack saying, ‘’The attack in Cinar suffices to show dark faces of those dishonoured ones who support terrorism.”

Emphasizing that the government will determinedly work to eliminate terrorists from the southeastern region, Erdogan also noted that the anti-terror operations against PKK take longer than expected because the security forces act meticulously to prevent any harm to civilians in these provinces.

At least five civilians including three children and a police officer were killed and 39 others were injured in an attack carried out by the PKK terrorist group in Diyarbakir on Wednesday night.

Authorities said that five-year-old Sadik Efe Acikgoz, one-year-old Ecrin Acikgoz and a five-month-old baby were among the casualties.

According to early reports, the PKK attacked police department headquarters in Cinar district using rocket launchers, rifles and a bomb-laden vehicle.

An explosion was reported to have taken place at the entrance of the building, following terrorists opening fire with long-range weapons. 

Meanwhile, Turkish security forces on Thursday detained two suspected PKK terrorists in connection with the attack.

The PKK- considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and EU- resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July after unilaterally ending a two-year ceasefire.

Since then, almost 300 people including security officials and civilians have been killed in PKK terror attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies