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Soldier dies after PKK terrorists open fire in Turkey’s SE

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A noncommissioned officer lost his life after terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members opened fire in southeastern province of Şırnak very early on Sunday.

PKK terrorists carried out simultaneous attacks and opened fire on the police department, gendarmerie command and special operations unit in Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak.

The noncommissioned officer lost his life while receiving treatment at the Beyüşşebap State Hospital.

An operation was launched in the district in order to neutralize the terrorists responsible for the killing of noncommissioned officer.

The PKK is designated as a “terrorist organization” by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), as well as Turkey. 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 then.

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