Turkish soldier killed in suspected PKK railway bomb attack

One Gendarmerie sergeant dies in suspected PKK railway bomb attack in eastern Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A Turkish soldier has been killed on Thursday when an explosive suspected to be placed by PKK terrorists on a railway in the eastern province of Bingol was remotely detonated during attempts to defuse, officials said.

The victim was Gendarmerie Sergeant Veli Ates, according to a statement from the Bingol Governor's office.

The blast happened on the railway connecting Bingol and Elazig provinces, near Suveren village, it said.

A bomb squad from the local gendarmerie had been trying to defuse the makeshift explosive when it blew up.

On Friday a statement by the Bingol Governor's office said that militants of PKK suspected of being behind the attack have been captured killed following an operation.

The statement also added the provincial gendarmerie command will continue its operations against outlawed PKK.

In a separate attack, a soldier was injured and hospitalized following an attack on a military post in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

A group of masked individuals attacked the garrison headquarters in Cizre with percussion bombs and fireworks, the military sources said.

PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in southeast Turkey, since the early 1980s.

The group was founded by Abdullah Ocalan who was captured in Kenya and has been imprisoned by the Turkish government since 1999.

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

The group has claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish government.

TRTWorld, AA