13 Soldiers Killed in an Ambush in Eastern Turkey

Turkish Soldiers

Turkish Soldiers in Istanbul (www.jb-photography.org)

Diyarbakir (Turkey), 15 July 2011. Thirteen Turkish were killed and seven wounded yesterday in Diyarbakir’s Silvan district in what appeared to be an ambush set by Kurdish insurgents.

Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reports, that on Thursday a unit of the Turkish Gendarmerie was ambushed by Kurdish insurgents in a forested area near the eastern city of Diyarbakir. The Insurgents used hand grenades and small arms. Seven Insurgents were also killed in the attack.  The outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) was blamed for the attack.

The Kurdish news agency Firat on the other hand quotes a village guard in the area, who said Turkish planes dropping bombs have caused the death of the Turkish soldiers.

After the incident, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan cancelled all his meetings and attended an emergency conference with security officials and the top-brass of the Turkish military.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish Democratic Society Congress, allegedly affiliated with the PKK, held a conference in Diyarbakir, proposing a plan for democratic autonomy for the Kurds in Turkey.

(Sources: Hürriyet, Anadolu, Firat; 15 July 2011) / Image by JB Photography


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Photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Bulgaria, working mainly in the Balkans and the Middle East. Conflicts & crises, social and environmental issues, defense & military, travel, transportation.
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