Village guard dies in armed assault in Turkey’s east

Officials say one village guard killed by unknown attackers in Turkey’s eastern region

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A temporary village guard of Turkey’s eastern province of Van, Abdulbari Gul, 50, was killed in an armed assault by unknown attacker or attackers on Monday.

The Van Governorate announced the attack in a written statement and said the investigation on the murder is ongoing.

On the other hand, the PKK terrorists opened fire on Sunday at a military base in Daglica district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) released a statement in the morning, saying there were no casualties or injuries in the aftermath of the armed attack which took place at the Daglica military base.

“A group of separatist terror organisation members have fired double shot mortar shell at Daglica military base. Following the attack, the assailants had stopped fire as our soldiers fired back. There were no casualties or damage in the assault,” the statement said.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU. The conflict  claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people and injured thousands.

On May 18, the militants had attacked the same military base and left no one injured.

Another attack was carried out on Turkish military staff on May 16 in the Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak by an unidentified assailant, which led to material damage.

Despite the disarmament call of the PKK/Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) leaders, the militants continue to carry out their attacks in Turkey.

One of the KCK leaders, Murat Karayilan, said on Saturday that the PKK had decided to ceasefire until the end of the June 7 general elections.

KCK is an umbrella organisation which brings all of the members and activities of the PKK.

“Except the necessary defences, our forces will not use violence until the election to finish,” said Karayilan.

Imprisoned PKK leader and its founder Ocalan made a call to withdraw all armed PKK members from Turkish lands and put an end to the armed conflict at the 2013 Newroz celebrations, a festival that the Kurdish population of Turkey see as an important traditional event.

TRTWorld and agencies