Erkan Durukan, a senior chief petty officer, was killed in the attack. PKK terrorists opened fire on a patrol in the region killing one officer and wounding three others. Durukan was scheduled to leave his position in Van and was to be transferred to Adapazarı over the weekend.
Durukan's wife and children were on vacation in Izmir at the time of the attack and were informed by military staff.
Tension is rising in the mainly Kurdish southeast region of Turkey after a pro-Kurdish party threatened to boycott parliament. Kurdish rebels killed two Turkish police officers last week in the eastern province of Tunceli.
The Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which won 36 seats in a June 12 vote, said it would not attend parliament unless an elected deputy is allowed to take his seat.
Turkey's election board last week disqualified Hatip Dicle due to a past conviction for spreading "terrorist propaganda."
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