PKK-led attack claims lives of two Turkish security forces


Kurdish PKK Guerillas. Fie photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two more injured on Tuesday in an attack led by gunmen of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the state of Şırnak, south-eastern Turkey, official sources reported. 

Turkish security officials said that the PKK members planted an explosive device on the side of a road near the village of Araköy in Şırnak, “and detonated it when a Turkish armored vehicle approached the location”.

“Then the PKK gunmen attacked the Turkish vehicle with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades,” the sources added. 

“Two (Turkish) security members were killed, including an officer, and two other were injured during the attack,” a security official told reporters on Tuesday. 

Selahattin Demirtaş, co-president of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP), appealed to both the PKK and the Turkish government to hold ceasefire and a return to dialogue. 

Demirtaş said in a press statement ahead of a meeting between his party and Turkish officials that dialogue is the only way to solve problems, condemning the renewed violent confrontations between Turkish army and PKK fighters. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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