5 hurt in attack on military vehicle in eastern Turkey

20 August 2016, 03:59 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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First, a auto bomb attack on a police station in the eastern province of Van late Wednesday killed a police officer and two civilians.

The report of the attack came as funerals for the victims were underway.

The vehicle bombing attack on a police station in the eastern province of Van late Wednesday lead to death of an officer and 2 civilians.

The PKK has carried out dozens of attacks on police and military posts since 2015 in the largely Kurdish southeast in its fight for greater autonomy for Turkey's 15 million Kurds.

Violence flared again a year ago between Kurdish rebels and government forces, shattering a 2013 ceasefire reached after secret talks between PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and the Turkish state.

"We have seen once more ... that the PKK is a bloody organisation and does not hesitate to kill the people it says it is fighting for", he said.

A Turkish official said at least 53 civilians and 20 police officers were also wounded in the attack in the city, which lies near the border with Iran. This one resulted in three people killed and at least 73 injured.

Among those plucked from the seas were children as young as three
Among those plucked from the seas were children as young as three

"Once again, the attacks in Van and Elazig show how PKK and FETO work together", he wrote.

Five soldiers and one civilian, who was driving near the scene, were wounded in the attack.

Since then, more than 600 security personnel have been martyred and more than 7,000 PKK terrorists killed.

Turkey, the European Union and the United States have labelled the PKK a "terrorist" group.

Yildirim claims that Gulenism has "lost its assertiveness", which has led the movement to take the PKK as allies, as it appears that the intelligence which elaborates the group's actions is the same or has an intrinsic relationship.

The three-decade-old conflict has killed some 40,000 people since 1984.

Turkey is continuing its massive crackdown on people the authorities accuse of having some connection with last month's failed coup attempt. Thursday's order asked media organizations to refrain from broadcasting and publishing anything that may cause "fear in the public, panic and disorder and which may serve the aims of terrorist organizations".

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