Two policemen killed in roadside bomb in
TUNCELI, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — A
remote controlled roadside bomb killed two Turkish
police officers in the eastern province of Tunceli
on Wednesday, news channels reported.
Police and military helicopters, backed by ground
troops, were searching the area after the blast
which drew no immediate claim of responsibility.
Two police officers were killed in the eastern
province of Tunceli after their vehicle ran over a
mine Wednesday, the same day that three blast bombs
rocked a police headquarters in Mersin, lightly
injuring one police officer.
Officials said the prime suspect for the attack is
the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who
have been fighting for self-rule in the southeast
since the early 1980s.
Two policemen killed in roadside bomb in the Kurdish
region in southeastern Turkey. Photo:
The outlawed militant group PKK has declared what it
calls an "active defense" stance after ending a
6-month ceasefire in February.
Since it was established in 1984, the Kurdistan
Workers' Party PKK has been fighting the Turkish
state, which still denies the constitutional
existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in
the south east of the country.
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous region
and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who
constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,
numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees,
lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the
way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within
Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against
the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered a 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
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