PKK organizes synchronous terror attacks in three cities in Turkey
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULAug 14, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Aug 14, 2015 12:00 am
PKK terrorists organized three synchronous terror attacks in Turkey's eastern cities on early Friday.
Terrorists attacked Yeniyazı Gendarmerie Outpost in the Genç district of Bingöl with long-barrelled weapons and rocket launchers. The security forces, some of whom are special operation soldiers retaliated immediately.
Reportedly, the clashes still continue in the area. No casualties have been reported so far.
At the same time, terrorists attacked a commando unit in the Pülümür district of Tunceli with an explosive-laden vehicle.
According to the local sources, some soldiers were wounded in the attack. Security measures have been taken in the area and an operation has been commenced.
PKK terrorists also attacked security forces in the eastern province of Hakkari. Terrorists attacked armored police cars that were patrolling in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari.
A gunfight occurred between the police and the PKK members. No casualties have been reported from the area, either.
Turkey has been hit by violence since a suicide bomb attack by a suspected ISIS supporter killed 32 activists in Suruç on July 20.
The Turkish government has intensified its counterterror operations following the recent attacks carried out by the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey.
Formed in 1978, the terrorist group has been fighting the Turkish government for an independent state until the early 2000's. The group then shifted its goal to autonomy in predominately Kurdish inhabited regions of Turkey.
The PKK announced on July 11 that the cease-fire which was declared via a message from the PKK's imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in 2013 has ended.
Turkish security forces have arrested hundreds of people with suspected links to ISIS, the PKK, and leftist groups, detaining over 1,300 people across the country, according to a recent statement released by the Prime Minister's Office.
The Turkish Air Force has been carrying airstrikes against the PKK in northern Iraq and the ISIS militants in northern Syria.
According to military sources, 261 terrorists were killed in Turkey's airstrikes against PKK's hideouts and camps in northern Iraq.
The PKK is also accused of using civilians as human shields in its camps.