Turkish President slams ‘heinous’ PKK attack

Erdogan says recent attacks in Hakkari city that killed several soldiers cannot disrupt national unity

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemns recent PKK attack in a statement released early Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply scolded the recent terror attack carried out by PKK terrorists that killed 16 and injured six soldiers in the southeastern city of Hakkari in Turkey.

"I strongly condemn the atrocious attack that caused the martyrdom and injuries of our soldiers in the Yuksekova district of Hakkari," said Erdogan in a statement, early on Monday.

The attack took place in the village of Daglica in the Yuksekova district on Sunday evening, where PKK terrorists blew up roadside mines, as several armoured vehicles were crossing. Following the explosion, clashes erupted, causing the death and injury of several Turkish soldiers.

"The pain of our security forces martyred in a malicious attack by a separatist terrorist organization offends [us]," he said, as he gave his condolences to the relatives of soldiers.

Erdogan also added the attacks were “directed against national unity and brotherhood," which is a goal that can never be achieved.

Meanwhile, the Turkish General Staff also released a statement on Monday anouncing that 23 PKK spots were striked by four F-16 and three F-4 aircrafts, during the launched operation, following the attack.

"Despite the bad weather conditions, the operations will continue," an earlier statement had said as it informed two armoured vehicles of the general staff had been harmed.

The PKK has raised its number of terror attacks , since its umbrella organisation Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK) announced on July 11 that it would no longer abide by the uniletaral ceasefire with the Turkish government, which has caused the death of mat least 90 security officers and 20 civilians.

PKK terrorists also carry out kidnappings and damage public and private property, mostly in Turkey's southeast and eastern regions.

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

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

TRTWorld and agencies