Most wanted PKK suspect killed in Turkey

Most wanted PKK suspect killed in Turkey

ANKARA
Most wanted PKK suspect killed in Turkey

Barış Öner was accused of planning an armed attack on Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Turkish security forces have killed two members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), including one mentioned on the country's most wanted list, an official said on Aug. 22.

Okay Memiş, governor of Gümüşhane, told the state-run Anadolu Agency that Barış Öner, codenamed "Türk Tarık", was found dead in Kurtun district of the northern province following an anti-terror operation conducted at 06.00 a.m. local time (0300GMT).

Öner was in the red category of Turkish Interior Ministry's wanted terrorists list. The wanted list is divided into five color-coded categories, with red as the most wanted, followed by blue, green, orange and lastly grey.

Another PKK suspect, an Iranian codenamed “Sorej," was also killed during the operation, Memiş said.

Separately, four suspects carrying supplies for the PKK were remanded in custody in southeastern Şırnak province. The suspects were rounded up in Bestler-Dereler region of the central district after drones spotted the suspects. 

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Meanwhile, a Turkish woman was heavily injured by a mine believed to be planted by PKK militants in eastern Turkey on Aug. 21, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Security sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking to media, told the agency that the 50-year-old Gönül Parlak was injured after she stepped on a mine planted by PKK militants in a rural area of the eastern province of Tunceli.

The governorship of Tunceli said Parlak has been heavily injured.

Parlak was taken to Fırat University Hospital in the eastern province of Elazığ by military helicopter.

PKK, anti-terror, Crime