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2 village guards dead, 1 injured in armed attack by PKK terrorists in SE Turkey

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Two village guards were dead and one more were injured after the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists opened fire on them in Şemdinli district of Hakkari on Thursday.

The incident took place in the Üzümkıran village around 3 p.m. While village guards Esat Yeşil and Ahmet Demircan died at the scene, injured Tevfik Fırat was sent to Şemdinli State Hospital for treatment.

Turkish security force members launched an anti-terror operation in the area to find the PKK terrorists responsible for the attack.

There have been repeated clashes between security forces and PKK members since a cease-fire between the government and the PKK’s jailed leader, Abdullah Öcalan, collapsed in July of last year. Since the settlement process launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in 2012 with the PKK to end the country’s long-standing Kurdish problem ended in July, nearly 200,000 locals in the Southeast have been forced to leave their homes due to fighting and curfews.

The authorities have been imposing curfews in towns and districts to flush PKK militants from urban areas in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish Southeast since the collapse of a peace process with the PKK in July.

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