Five wounded in suspected PKK attacks on schools

Five wounded in suspected PKK attacks on schools

Five wounded in suspected PKK attacks on schools

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Two teachers and three students were wounded today in simultaneous attacks on high schools in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Şırnak, Doğan news agency reported.

Nine schools in Şırnak’s Şehitlik district and one school in Diyarbakır were attacked by suspected supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who hurled Molotov cocktails and noise bombs at the school buildings before they fled the scene. 

A fire broke out after about 10 attackers entered the school in Diyarbakır and allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at teachers’ and administrative rooms. The fire was extinguished before it spread.

Injured people were taken to nearby hospitals, while remaining students were sent home after the attacks.

Police are continuing their search for the assailants.

"I hate those who transform these children into terrorists. This is the matter I cry about,”  said Diyarbakır police chief Recep Güven, who stirred a large debate when he said Oct. 7 that anyone who does not cry for the death of a militant was not human. 

“How can a child attempt to burn his teacher? How can he go to school and burn his teacher? How did these children become like this? How have they done this? I advise them to look at what they've done. What can I say? How can they be useful for humanity?” Güven said.