PKK explodes bomb in Turkey’s Southeast, killing mother, infant

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HAKKARI, TURKEY - AUGUST 1: Turkish soldier Serkan Karakaya (R-2) attends the funeral ceremony of his wife Nurcan Karakaya and 11-month-old baby Bedirhan Mustafa Karakaya who were killed by a roadside bombing held by PKK terrorist organization, at the Yuksekova Selahaddin Eyyubi Airport in Hakkari Turkey on August 1, 2018. The bomb went off when a car carrying the civilians passed through the Yuksekova district. The mother died on the spot, while the 11-month-old child succumbed to his wounds at the Yuksekova Public Hospital. In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU has been responsible for the death of some 40,000 people, including women and children. Ulas Guven / Anadolu Agency

A roadside bomb exploded on Tuesday night in Hakkari’s Yüksekova district, killing 25-year-old Nurcan Karakaya and her 11-month-old infant.

According to reports in the Turkish media, the bomb was detonated by remote control by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists as Karakaya was returning from a visit to her soldier husband at a military base.

“The PKK was a baby-killer 40 years ago, and it’s a baby-killer today,” Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said after the incident.

An operation to capture the assailants is underway in the area.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) released a statement condemning the attack and extending condolences to the Karakaya family. Several HDP deputies, including Ahmet Şık and Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, also condemned the bombing.

The bodies of the deceased were sent to Şarkışla in central Turkey’s Sivas province, where funeral services are expected within the next day, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to attend the funeral.

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