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Turkey: Twin PKK attacks kills 8 in SE Turkey

11th Aug 2016
Turkey: Twin PKK attacks kills 8 in SE Turkey

By Halil Ibrahim Sincar, Adnan Kochan and Osman Oksuz

 

MARDIN, (AA): Eight people, including police officers, were killed and several others injured on Wednesday in two separate PKK bomb attacks in southeastern Turkey, according to the country’s transport minister.

At least three people, including one police officer, were killed and 30 others, including five police officers, were injured when a handmade roadside explosive was detonated by terrorist organization PKK as a police vehicle was passing by in the Kiziltepe district of the southeastern Mardin province, said Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan.

The terrorist organization PKK also carried out a separate attack in the Sur district of the southeastern Diyarbakir province on Wednesday, targeting another police vehicle.

In Diyarbakir, five civilians were killed and 12 people, including five police officers, were injured during the bomb attack, according to a statement of provincial governorship. A bomb-laden car was used in the attack, the statement added.

The U.S. “strongly” denounced the attacks with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter calling them “despicable” in a statement.

“With these attacks, we are reminded of the remarkable bravery and self-sacrifice that allied security personnel demonstrate every day in the fight against terrorism,” he said. “The United States remains committed to cooperating closely with Turkey – bilaterally, within the counter-ISIL coalition, and within NATO – in order to defend our nations against common threats.”

The PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU — resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

Since then, over 600 security personnel, including troops, police officers and village guards have been martyred and more than 7,000 PKK terrorists killed or neutralized in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

* Sibel Ugurlu contributed to this story from Ankara, and Michael Hernandez contributed from Washington.

 

[Photo: People attend funeral ceremony of police officer Hasan Kocer who was martyred during bomb attack staged by PKK terrorist organization with bomb-laden vehicles in Bingol, at the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey on August 03, 2016. Photographer: Berk Özkan/AA]

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