One soldier was dead and two more were injured due to terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack in Elmalı Tepe base area of the southeastern Şırnak province on Wednesday.
Turkish General Staff released a statement to inform the public about the incident where a soldier lost his life and two more were injured after PKK terrorists opened fire on them in Şırnak.
In its statement, the General Staff expressed condolences to the family of the soldier who was killed by the PKK.
The slain soldier was revealed to be gendarmerie specialized sergeant Ömer Harun Demir.
The PKK is designated as a “terrorist organization” by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), as well as Turkey. here 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 then.