Two PKK terrorists arrested over civilian death in Istanbul

Two PKK terrorists arrested by Turkish security forces over murder of one civilian in Istanbul

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Since July 24, over 1,600 people have been arrested in counter-terrorism raids conducted by Turkish security officials

A court in Istanbul on Tuesday ordered the arrest of two YDG-H militants - youth branch of outlawed PKK - over the murder of Mursel Gul, a salesperson, in Istanbul.

YDG-H militants claimed responsibility for the death of 45-year old Mursel Gul, who was killed on July 21 because of his long beard, which lead the militants to think that Gul was a member of ISIS.

The militants claimed that Gul had fought for ISIS against the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

An investigation launched by officials revealed that Gul had no ties to ISIS.

In an operation on Sunday, anti-terror teams detained four suspected YDG-H members, who are known to have previous criminal records on charges of “being member of a terrorist organisation” and “attending illegal demonstration."

Meanwhile, PKK terrorists on Tuesday night killed one civilian, 18-year-old Vedat Balik, during armed clashes with Turkish security officials who intervened when the militant group blocked a road in Hacibekir district in Turkey’s southeastern Van province.

During clashes another civilian 16-year-old M.I. was also injured and reported to be in good condition, according to hospital sources.

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

The group launched its armed attacks against the Turkish state in the early 1980s, in the 30 years of armed conflict, more than 40,000 people have been killed.

PKK terrorists have killed nearly 30 civilians and 118 Turkish security officials in numerous terror attacks, since restarting the conflict against the the state, targeting police and military officials.

TRTWorld, AA