Turkish forces clash with ISIS militants in Diyarbakir, casualties reported

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Turkish security forces. File photo

ARA News 

URFA – Two Turkish policemen were killed and four others injured on Monday in a security operation against radicals of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the city of Amed (Diyarbakir), southeastern Turkey. 

Turkish security sources confirmed Monday the death of two policemen and the injury of four more when an explosive device planted by ISIS militants was detonated in the vicinity of a police center.  

This comes after Turkish forces raided a number of houses of ISIS suspects in Diyarbakir.

“Units of the security forces carried out an operation on houses for ISIS members in the Kayapinar district in Diyarbakir suburb, which led to the outbreak of clashes,” a security official said, pointing out that seven militants were killed in the operation. 

Speaking to ARA News, media activist Rezan Hamo said in a comment on the incident: “It seems the Turkish state suffers from an internal chaos, as those militants have been easily able to enter weapons and explosives into the heart of Diyarbakir.” 

Last week, Turkish President Receb Teyyib Erdogan said that rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the pro-Assad secret police and the Syrian Kurdish PYD group “had worked together with the terror group that conducted the bombing of Ankara on Oct. 10”, during which around 100 people were killed. 

The Turkish authorities have announced some districts of Diyarbakir as closed military zones, imposing a curfew over the past two months, subsequent to clashes with PKK rebels. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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