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The outpost that came under attack in Hakkari's Geçimli village. DHA photo

The outpost that came under attack in Hakkari's Geçimli village. DHA photo

Six soldiers and two village guards were killed while 15 troops were injured in an attack by suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the eastern province of Hakkari late last night.
PKK militants mounted simultaneous attacks on three military outposts in Hakkari's Geçimli and Karataş villages, as well as Darsinki hill. 
The gendarmerie outpost in Geçimli was apparently the main target, with a high number of militants attacking the outpost from three separate locations with rocket launchers and assault rifles at around 11 p.m. A group of militants trying to approach the same outpost in a civilian truck were detected by soldiers and village guards, resulting in a firefight. Two village guards were killed in the clash while one soldier and six villagers who were living in homes close to the outpost were injured. 
One female suicide bomber detonated the explosives strapped to her body in front of the Geçimli outpost gate as the clashes ensued, killing herself and injuring the soldiers at the gate. 
The clashes continued for some time around the outpost. Hakkari Gov. Orhan Alimoğlu said 11 PKK militants were killed in the clash in Geçimli. 
No injuries were reported in the attacks on the outposts in Karataş and Darsinki. 
The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.


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Blue Dotterel

8/5/2012 5:45:31 PM

Meanwhile, the AKP is doing its best to support Salafist terrorists in Syria. The PKK is naturally taking advantage of this hypocritical stance of the AKP, and will increase their attacks on what they will claim is the oppressive Ankara government. Luckily for Turkey, the US and GCC are not arming and funding the PKK.

ismail demir

8/5/2012 5:42:51 PM

Turkey should consider to deport kurdish refugees that came to Turkey at 16. century.Turkey showed goodwill to them, they responded with teror.Descendants of refugees should be gratefull to host country.No country has to endure teror for her goodwill.Turkey had no reason to hold them in her soil as long as they attack Turkey.

Mahmut Erdemli

8/5/2012 4:25:33 PM

Then, the reason is that the PKK is using its power which it gained from the spilled blood of Kurds to keep its stregnth to make personal gaines. Those who gain, though, is not poor terrorists deceived but those who are on the top of the terrorist organisation, who deceives those who are killed on the mountains. It will take time, but we deserve to see the days when not only the leaders of the PKK but those so called parliamentarians who are liable for these acts in jail.

Mahmut Erdemli

8/5/2012 4:20:29 PM

With the democratisaton process Turkey has passed through within the last 10 years, little has remained to be achieved concerning the Kurdish problem. When some supporters of the PKK claim proudly that nearly 20 million Kurds live in Turkey they disregard the fact that only very small minority support BDP which is obviously servants of PKK in elections. This being so, alleged advocacy of Kurdish rights by the PKK is far from convincing.


8/5/2012 3:53:43 PM

What is accomplished? Terrorism for terrorism sake. Where are the reasonable and civilized Kurds?

True Turk

8/5/2012 1:50:39 PM

It doesn't matter how many Turks die, we will not allow this land to be divided. Our crimson ensign is made up of the colour of Turkish blood that has been sacrificed to create our country. If anyone thinks for an insane second that we will relinquish our hold on this sacred soil? Then think again.

Adam Polk

8/5/2012 1:09:42 PM

may their souls rest in peace. treacherous PKK. they have no religion. they don't even stop during Ramadan. dont tell us PKK represents kurds in Turkey.
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