Two soldiers killed in PKK attack in southeastern Şırnak
Two soldiers have been killed in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack during an ongoing operation in the İdil district of southeastern Şırnak province.
The soldiers were killed on March 4, during an operation continuing since Feb. 18 named after special operations police officer Ersin Yıldırım, who was killed in a PKK attack in January.
The soldiers’ identities remain confidential.
Two officers killed, 35 wounded in PKK car bomb attack
Two police officers have been killed while 35 people, including two civilians, have been wounded in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) car bomb attack and ensuing clashes in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin.
PKK militants staged a car bomb attack on the traffic branch office in the İpekyolu neighborhood of Nusaybin at 5:45 a.m. on March 4, the Mardin Governor’s Office announced in a written statement.
The explosion was followed by clashes as militants opened fire with long-barreled weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, causing the police to return fire.
Meanwhile, a fire erupted inside the police building and the adjacent lodgings due to the impact of the explosion.
The governor’s office said two police officers were killed in the attack, while 33 people from police families and two civilians were also wounded.
“Two wounded people are in surgery in Mardin State Hospital while two others are in surgery in Kızıltepe State Hospital,” it said, adding that lightly injured persons were being treated at Nusaybin State Hospital.
Two militants killed after attack on police station in Istanbul
Two militants have been killed after they opened fire at a riot police station in Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district early March 3, wounding two police officers.
The duo, identified as Berna Yılmaz and Çiğdem Yahşi, both reported to be militants from the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front (DHKP-C), arrived at the scene in a taxi and opened fire at the police station. The police responded with fire and wounded one of the militants. The two women later escaped into nearby alleyways on foot.
Police launched an operation in the surrounding neighborhoods to apprehend the perpetrators, blocking off entry and exit to streets in the area.
The militants were later trapped inside a building in the area, where an operation was launched after surrounding buildings were evacuated. The operation was supported by a police helicopter, according to Doğan News Agency.
Istanbul Gov. Vasip Şahin visited the scene and announced that both militants were killed during the operation. Şahin said two police officers were also wounded; one sustained injuries during the attack while the other was wounded during the operation.
“Two female terrorists carried out an attack on the C gate of the anti-riot police station at 9:45 a.m. The two terrorists were neutralized during operations that followed the attack,” Şahin said, speaking to reporters in the aftermath of the attack.
The bodies of the militants were taken out of the building after the operation and then to the Istanbul Forensic Institute for medical examination. The examination lasted for more than four hours for that of each.
Meanwhile, reports have shed light on criminal records of the militants after their identification process was complete. Doğan News Agency reported that Yılmaz was one of two students who stretched a placard reading “we want education to be free of charge and we will get it” at a meeting titled “Roma Initiative” in 2011 that was attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan was the country’s prime minister at the time. Yılmaz served 20 months in prison for unfurling the pancard.
The attack came less than a year after two DHKP-C militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Istanbul located in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district, having similarities with the one carried out on Aug. 10, 2015, as one of the perpetrators of the attack on the well-guarded consulate building was reportedly female.
Call to protest curfew in Turkey town ill-respected
A call for a march in protest against the blanket curfew in the Sur district of the southeastern city of Diyarbakır did not draw a notable reaction on March 2, with only a small group of youngsters staging a demonstration that was later subjected to a police crackdown.
“We do not want any fights or street protests,” said a store owner living in Sur following a call from Selahattin Demirtaş, the leader of the Kurdish-issue focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and several other lawmakers made a few days ago for a march toward Sur.
A group faced a police barricade when they attempted to stage a march toward the historic compound surrounding the old city of Sur late March 2, with the police detaining 33 people over the incident after dispersing the group, firing tear gas and water cannon.
Daily Hürriyet reported on March 3 that residents of Sur are unhappy and worried about the ongoing environment of violence as clashes between Turkish security forces and militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continue to halt the day-to-day lives of residents, business owners and local administrators in the southeastern town.
“I’d rather be memorialized having a short lifetime with honor instead of being remembered as a politician who keeps quiet while people are dying,” Demirtaş said amid the march.
A protesting group gathered on the Ali Emiri Street of Sur’s Dağkapı neighborhood, but faced a large police barricade when they attempted to reach the old city of Sur, chanting slogans starting with “biji,” which means “live long” in Kurdish.
After dispersing a few dozen youngsters over a short period of time, police detained 33 of them over the incident and seized 35 improvised explosive devices (IED), 25 shotguns and a hunting rifle.
The blanket curfew in Sur has been in place for months after coming into effect on Dec. 2, 2015, to properly conduct military raids on homes and shelters used by militants.
“There were curfews in the 1980s and 90s. But back then everyone had normal lives during the daytime. I don’t get how these trenches came about this time,” said Sait Özkan, the manager of a historic inn in Sur, as he referred to barricades and trenches dug in the streets by militants, speaking to daily Hürriyet on Feb. 21.
Demirtaş made a joint call with Kamuran Yüksek, the co-chair of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), a fraternal party to the HDP, urging residents of Diyarbakır to march toward Sur in protest of the military curfew and clashes that have been continuing for more than 90 days.
The call sparked a debate between lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and those from the HDP, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joining the debate through press statements he delivered during a trip to West Africa.
“My Kurdish brothers will not comply with a call that smells like terror… that smells like an invitation to terror,” Erdoğan told reporters on March 2 during a trip to Nigeria.
The Diyarbakır Governor’s Office denied access to Sur for non-residents before lifting the ban again on March 3.
Terrorism News in March in Turkey