Turkey: fight against PKK terrorism, 30 October 2016
The PKK ("Workers' Party of Kurdistan") is categorized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. The group resumed its thirty-year long armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.
Since then, the PKK terrorist attacks killed over 800 members of Turkish security forces. They have also killed more than 350 civilians, including one hundred children. At least 8600 PKK terrorists were killed in army operations during the same period.
Police forces and the Turkish army launched attacks against positions of the separatist terrorist organization PKK and pursue its armed members in the south and southeast of the country and in northern Iraq in response to terrorist attacks by the organization within Turkey, which target civilians and members of security forces.
Ahmet Sait Akçay - Marc Chenault - Turkey (AA) – One soldier was martyred and another injured in a terrorist PKK mortar attack in the southeastern border province of Hakkari on Sunday, a military source said.
The mortar shell, reportedly fired from the Iraqi side of the border, targeted security forces conducting anti-PKK operations in mountainous areas in the district of Çukurca, and left one soldier dead and another wounded, said the source, who asked not be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Following the attack, five terrorists were killed in air-backed operation by Turkish security forces, he added.
Hasan Namlı - Didar Yüsra Dilruba Öz - Yannick Demoustier - Turkey (AA) – A PKK terrorist was killed Sunday during an attack on an armored police vehicle in southeastern Turkey, security sources said.
The terrorists attacked an armored police vehicle at an intersection in the Yenisehir district of Diyarbakır province, injuring two police officers on Sunday, said security sources, who spoke anonymously due to restrictions on talking to media.
Security forces managed to track the fleeing assailants in an apartment, killing one of them. A rocket launcher and a gun were seized in the apartment.
Burcu Arik, Turkey (AA) – A local court remanded the mayor of this southeastern province late Sunday as part of an investigation into terrorism, judicial sources said.
A few hours before Gulten Kisanak was remanded, the same court also remanded Democratic Regions Party Counselor Firat Anki in connection with the same terrorism investigation.
On Oct. 25, Kisanak, a member of the pro-PKK Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Anli and another local elected official were taken into custody by police from the Diyarbakir Security Directorate.
The Chief Prosecutor's Office in Diyarbakir said in a statement that the mayor was arrested for being a member of an armed terrorist group.
"It has been understood that Gultan Kisanak called for autonomy and made remarks that are pro-terrorist organization during Nevruz activities that were organized as directed by the PKK terrorist group," the statement said.
It also said Anli assigned municipality vehicles to help build a so-called cemetery for terrorist PKK members in 2014, after an attack martyred a Turkish soldier.
Ahmet Sait Akçay - Marc Chenault - Turkey (AA) – Three security officers were injured in a terrorist PKK attack in the southern province of Mardin late Sunday, a security source said.
The attack took place at the offices of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the Kiziltepe district, and three security guards on duty at the building were hurt by improvised explosive and shooting by the terrorists, the source said, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
The guards were rushed to Mardin State Hospital and were in good condition, the source added.
Following the attack, security forces started an operation to apprehend the terrorists in the region.
Diyar Güldoğan - Yannick Demoustier - ANKARA (AA) - Turkey hit 162 Daesh and 12 PKK/PYD targets Saturday as part of Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, the military said Sunday.
The Turkish General Staff said in a statement that a terrorist was injured in two airstrikes carried out by U.S.-led coalition forces in the Maaret al-Numan region.
Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield was launched in late August to clear Syria's northern border area of terrorists. It is now in its 68th day.
The operation has seen both Daesh and PKK/PYD terrorist groups targeted by the opposition Free Syrian Army plus Turkish tanks, artillery and aircraft.
The PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD, are both listed as terrorist groups by Turkey although the U.S. and EU only view the PKK as a terrorist organization.
The army added that since the beginning of the operation in late August, 33 mines and 1,369 handmade explosives had been destroyed.
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