Suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’
Party (PKK) have launched a campaign of “reckless” attacks, Turkish President
Abdullah Gül said today following deadly raids on Turkish troops in the eastern
province of Hakkari, daily Hürriyet has reported.
"The terror organization has embarked on a reckless
plan in Ramadan. Our security forces have begun fighting by taking
precautionary measures to avoid giving any chances [to the PKK]," Gül
wrote on his Twitter account. Gül also expressed condolences to the families of
soldiers killed late last night.
Six soldiers and two village guards were killed in the
eastern province late last night.
"Those who are resorting to violence should return
from the wrong path they find themselves on," the president said.
Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay also noted his hopes
of solving Turkey's terror problem during the term of the ruling Justice and
Development Party (AKP) while expressing his sadness over the incidents.
"Of course, we are sorry, but this is an ongoing
battle," Atalay said. "You know our fight against terrorism as the
government, as Republic of Turkey. We do not neglect anything in terms of
security and give every kind of support and authority to the security forces in
the fight against terrorism."
The government and security forces were continuing to
fight against terrorism with determination, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç
"Unfortunately, clashes are occasionally continuing
in some regions of Hakkari's Şemdinli district. The PKK continues with its
assaults and violence. Our soldiers are heroically
fighting against [them]," Arınç said. “I send my condolences to Turkey and
hope for patience for the families [of the dead soldiers].”