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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’Party (PKK) have launched a campaign of “reckless” attacks, Turkish PresidentAbdullah Gül said today following deadly raids on Turkish troops in the easternprovince of Hakkari, daily Hürriyet has reported.
"The terror organization has embarked on a recklessplan in Ramadan. Our security forces have begun fighting by takingprecautionary measures to avoid giving any chances [to the PKK]," Gülwrote on his Twitter account. Gül also expressed condolences to the families ofsoldiers killed late last night.
Six soldiers and two village guards were killed in theeastern province late last night.
"Those who are resorting to violence should returnfrom the wrong path they find themselves on," the president said.
Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay also noted his hopesof solving Turkey's terror problem during the term of the ruling Justice andDevelopment Party (AKP) while expressing his sadness over the incidents.
"Of course, we are sorry, but this is an ongoingbattle," Atalay said. "You know our fight against terrorism as thegovernment, as Republic of Turkey. We do not neglect anything in terms ofsecurity and give every kind of support and authority to the security forces inthe fight against terrorism."
The government and security forces were continuing tofight against terrorism with determination, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınçsaid.
"Unfortunately, clashes are occasionally continuingin some regions of Hakkari's Şemdinli district. The PKK continues with itsassaults and violence. Our soldiers are heroicallyfighting against [them]," Arınç said. “I send my condolences to Turkey andhope for patience for the families [of the dead soldiers].”
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