Turkish police commander killed in Mush province

Turkish police commander killed in Mush province –

AFP, Reuters – On Monday, a police commander in the eastern province of Mush died after being shot by suspected PKK militants. In the eastern border province of Van a military unit was attacked by armed gunmen.

Major Arslan Kulaksiz, commander of the Malazgirt paramilitary police garrison, was killed in a gun attack in the town on Monday as he travelled by car with his family. He later died in Malazgirt State Hospital,

Armed attacks on police and gendarmerie in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast, crisscrossed by several energy pipelines, have sharply increased since last week.

The Turkish army Sunday blamed PKK militants for a deadly car bomb attack that killed two of its soldiers in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, further rattling a fragile ceasefire declared by the group’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan in 2013.

The PKK’s military wing, the People’s Defence Forces (HPG), claimed the car bombing in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province but gave a much higher toll of eight soldiers killed.

Two Turkish policemen were shot dead last Wednesday while sleeping in their homes in the southeast, in attacks also claimed by the PKK.


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