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PKK youth wing kills three civilians including 7-year-old

Outlawed PKK’s youth wing YDG-H members kill three civilians including 7-year-old boy Baran Cagil in terror attacks in Cizre district of Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province.

Outlawed PKK’s youth wing Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H) killed a seven-year-old boy, Baran Cagil, a health officer, Eyup Ergin, and a worker, Mesur Sari on Thursday in a terror attack launched in Cizre district of Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province.

Attacking to a military post with missiles and long barrelled weapons, the militants fled to the streets after the soldiers fired back.

Cagil, Ergin and Sanri were caught between the fire, while three soldiers were injured in the beginning of the attack.

Another 3-year-old boy whose name wasn’t announced and a teenager, Halil Takin (19), and one unidentified civilian were injured during the street conflict.

The militants then raked through the buildings belong to members of conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par), and injured a member named Maruf Gozungu.

It’s been reported that Sanri has three children, and his last message on social media was “We want to hug our children, not to the coffins.”

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the US and the EU.

One woman killed in eastern Erzincan province by PKK militants in terror attack

A group of PKK militants opened fire on civilians in Ilic district of Turkey’s eastern Erzincan province and killed one woman on Thursday.

Four passangers in a car were trying to pass away a highway which was blocked by the militants, one of the passengers reported.

“They come alongside me, two terrorists, one woman and one man. They took our phones. We lost our aunt. The 11-year-old girl was sitting next to me. I pulled her head straight down when the bullets hit the glass,” the passenger told the case.

PKK militants carried out several attacks against Turkish security forces since the Suruc suicide bombing in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, widely thought to have been carried out by ISIS on July 20.

At least 61 Turkish security officials have been killed in militant attacks by the PKK and ISIS since the bombing.

In response to the PKK and ISIS attacks, Turkish security forces have stepped up efforts against the militant groups and launched air strikes in several positions used by PKK and ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria respectively since late July.

Turkish media outlets recently reported that security forces have killed 771 outlawed PKK militants, inflicting heavy losses on the armed group during its domestic operations and air strikes targeting the PKK camps and teams in northern Iraq.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Ocalan and his supporters. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.

Resource: TRTWorld, August 27, 2015

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