Turkish military launches operation after PKK attack in Diyarbakır
DHA PhotoThe Turkish military has launched an aerial campaign and land operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after a soldier was killed and three others were injured when militants from the group opened fire at gendarmerie forces guarding a hydroelectric plant in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır’s Kulp district early on Aug. 23.
A Turkish General Staff statement on Aug. 23 said the PKK opened fire on soldiers that were responsible for protecting hydroelectric power plants in the province’s Kulp district. The military retaliated and the operations are continuing, read the statement.
Clashes erupted as Turkish forces responded to the militants firing shots with automatic weapons at gendarmerie forces at the hydroelectric plant.
The militants escaped the scene after the exchange of fire and are reported to still be at large.
Additional security personnel were dispatched to the scene after the clashes and the nearby routes used by PKK militants were targeted from military helicopters.
The continued construction of police stations and hydroelectric plants in the southeast has long been criticized by the PKK.