October 28, 2009
5 PKK militants killed in eastern Turkey clashes
At least five members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have beeen killed in skirmishes with Turkish security forces in the eastern province of Bingol.
The clashes took place late Monday when members of the military patrolling the area bumped into a group of PKK members. They called upon the militants to surrender, but they responded by opening fire. Military forces then engaged in a fierce firefight with the insurgents and killed five of them, according to a report published by the Anatolia news agency.
One Turkish who soldier was wounded in the incident was airlifted to a military hospital in Elazig. Two villagers taking care of their beehives also sustained injuries.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community, including Turkey, Iran, the US, and European Union member states.
Over 40,000 people have lost their lives since the militant group launched its armed campaign against Ankara in 1984 as part of a quest to establish an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey.