Turkish soldier killed in attack in eastern Hakkari province

Specialist Sergeant Ziya Sarpkaya killed after being shot in armed attack in Turkey’s eastern Hakkari province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Specialist Sergeant Ziya Sarpkaya was shot and killed in an armed attack on Tuesday in Turkey’s Hakkari province, officials announced.

The attack took place at around 11:30am in front of a bank in Hakkari.

Sarpkaya, in civil garb, was attacked by alleged PKK terrorists while he was outside for shopping.

After being seriously wounded, Sarpkaya was taken to Hakkari Fatih Barrack with a military helicopter and later taken to Hakkari Public Hospital.

Despite all the efforts to keep him alive, Sergeant Sarpkaya could not be saved and died in the hospital.

Security forces immediately launched a wide-scale operation to catch the militants.

Turkey has been a target of increasing attacks by militant groups such as ISIS and PKK since a suicide bombing, allegedly carried out by ISIS, in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province claimed 32 lives on July 20.

With the death of Sarpkaya, the number of Turkish soldiers and police officers killed by militant groups since Suruc bombing rose to 10.

In an effort to ensure law and order in the country, Turkish security forces have detained 1,050 suspects across 34 Turkish provinces since the nationwide "anti-terrorist operations" began, authorities said on Monday.

Most of the suspects are allegedly members of ISIS, PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), the Turkish Prime Minister’s Office of Public Diplomacy said in a statement on Monday.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke at a press conference regarding the operations earlier this week.

“The operations targeting members of ISIS the outlawed DHKP-C, outlawed PKK and  PKK’s youth affiliate the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) will continue as long as the threats remain,” he said.


TRTWorld and agencies