PKK terrorists kill 4 police officers in Turkey's Mardin province
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULSep 03, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Sep 03, 2015 12:00 am
PKK terrorist attack has killed four police officers who were on their way to respond to a fire at a school in Dargeçit district in Turkey's Mardin province.
According to reports, the terrorists have set a school on fire around 6 am on Thursday, and the police were headed to the scene of the incident when PKK detonated the mines they had buried under the road.
Police teams were dispatched to the scene and an operation was launched in the region.
Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will not attend Turkey's international football game with Latvia, taking place on Thursday evening in the central Konya province, to show solidarity with the families of killed security forces, reported media agencies.
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 terrorists in northern Syria.