PKK kills policeman, kidnaps two in Van

PKK kills policeman, kidnaps two in Van

PKK kills policeman, kidnaps two in Van

The funeral of the police officer, who was killed in the attack is held in Van. DHA photo

A policeman was killed and two were injured in the southeastern province of Van when alleged members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked a police zone located in a container city on July 2.

Van police officer Murat Dilmaç, 31, was killed in the attack. Originally from Van’s Erciş district, he had been living with his family in a container home after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the city on Oct. 23, 2011.

The two injured officers are in good health, Van Governor Münir Karaloğlu said.

Meanwhile, Murat Hasırcıoğlu, a soldier injured in a June 18 PKK attack in Hakkari’s Dağlıca district died in hospital on July 2. Eight soldiers were killed and 16 more had been wounded, including Hasırcıoğlu, in the clashes between security forces and members of the outlawed PKK in the southeastern province of Hakkari.

Also, Meanwhile, security forces allegedly killed the PKK’s Black Sea regional commander, codenamed “Zağros,” in an operation in the Black Sea province of Gümüşhane on July 2.

In a separate development, the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Van Gürpınar provincial district head was kidnapped by alleged PKK members. Hayrullah Tanış, 46, was reportedly in his car near his house. Three armed militants of the PKK stopped the car and kidnapped Tanış on July 2. Security forces have launched an operation to rescue Tanış.

The PKK also kidnapped a female village guard in Van’s Çatak district the same day. Zümeyra Can had gone to a grazing area to milk sheep when she was kidnapped by militants. Her husband, İsmail Can, pursued the kidnappers. Rescue work to find couple and the PKK members is underway.

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