LOCAL >PKK attacks hit southeastern Turkish provinces


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Suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker'sParty (PKK) staged simultaneous attacks last night on a police station and aspecial security branch office in the southeastern province of Şırnak, injuringone policeman, Anatolian news agency reported.

The wounded officer was taken to Şırnak State Hospitalwhile an operation was launched to apprehend the militants, who used heavyweapons in the attack.

Meanwhile, a specialist sergeant was wounded yesterdaywhen PKK fighters remotely detonated a landmine in the eastern province ofHakkari, Doğan news agency reported.

The blast occurred at around 11.00 a.m. in the province’sYüksekova district as security forces were conducting an operation to locatepossible mines on a road to nearby Dağlıca.

Another group of militants also set six trucks on fire onthe road between Bitlis and Van provinces after stopping vehicles and checkingthe ID cards of passengers at around 9 p.m. yesterday, according to reports.

Suicide bomber captured

A suicide bomber was also captured by police in thesoutheastern province of Diyarbakır yesterday, according to reports.

The prospective female suicide bomber, who is believed tobe a suspected member of the PKK, was reportedly preparing an attack and hadtaken drugs when she was apprehended by police.

The militant, who came to the city from a rural area tolaunch the attack during the Ramazan bayram holiday, was detained forquestioning by police.

One policeman killed

Elsewhere, a policeman tasked with providing security atthe Edremit Container Town was killed in an attack by PKK militants on Aug. 17in the eastern province of Van, according to Doğan news agency.

Militants opened fire from a car and heavily wounded thepoliceman, Abdurrahman Doğan, who was temporary appointed to the container townwhich is housing victims of last year’s deadly earthquakes in the area.

The policeman was taken to hospital but could not besaved. A funeral for Doğan was held yesterday in the eastern province ofBitlis.


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