Turkish soldier dies in PKK terror attack in Mardin

One soldier dies during terror attack by PKK in Turkey’s southeastern province of Mardin

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

One soldier died after PKK terrorists attacked a military vehicle with rocket launchers in Turkey’s southeastern province of Mardin early on Monday.

The attack was carried out when the soldiers arrived in Derik district for a security operation to fill trenches which PKK terrorists had dug up earlier and to remove road barricades.

Another soldier was reportedly injured during the terror attack while clashes between security forces and terrorists still continue in the region.

Meanwhile, on Monday PKK terrorists opened fire on an official delegation including the chief prosecutor of Diyarbakir who were investigating a recent PKK attack which claimed the lives of Tahir Elci, head of bar Diyarbakir association and two policemen on Saturday in the Sur District of the province.

The same delegation, which was conducting a crime scene investigation at the site of the incident, came under fire from unidentified assailants also immediately after the attack on Saturday.

Following the attack in Sur, Diyarbakir Governorate announced a curfew in the district to protect civilians as anti terror operations were laaunched to seize PKK terrorists and to disarm explosives they located in the streets.

PKK terrorists also carried out three simultaneous terror attacks with long barreled weapons and rocket launchers in the Cizre District of the southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

After security forces retaliated with gunfire armed clashes erupted, during which a total number of three PKK terrorists were killed.

Launching intensified anti terror operations against the PKK, Turkish security forces also detained 11 PKK suspects in the Siverek District of Sanliurfa on Monday.

Another suspect was detained for allegedly providing weapons to the PKK in the Suruc district of Sanliurfa. During a search of the home of the suspect police uncovered several long barreled weapons and ammunition.

The PKK, which is listed as a terror organisation by Turkey, the US and EU, has killed over 150 security officials and over 30 civilians since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11.

TRTWorld and agencies