Interior minister: Terrorism has claimed 815 soldiers, wounded 5,094

February 22, 2012, Wednesday/ 16:06:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin on Tuesday stated that terrorist attacks in Turkey between 2002 and 2011 killed 815 soldiers and police officers and wounded 5,094.

“Between 2002 and 2011, 81 police and 734 soldiers were killed and 2,960 police and 2,134 soldiers were wounded by terrorist attacks across Turkey,” Şahin said in response to a question from Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) parliamentary group deputy chairman Mehmet Şandır during the Feb. 21 session of Parliament. The interior minister noted that 85 citizens had been kidnapped and 75 of them freed by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the terrorist Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) since June 12 of last year.

Şahin also noted that an effective counterterrorism program prevents the activities and objectives of terrorist organizations. He said the state is running an effective operation against separatist terrorist organizations that attack residents of eastern and southeastern Anatolia. Turkey is also taking important security measures on the path towards democratization.

“Effective security measures are being taken to diminish the strength of terrorist organizations in the region and advance steps towards democratization,” Şahin said. He added that counterterrorism is continuing steadfastly. He mentioned that terrorism intelligence possessed by the Interior Ministry is being shared with other relevant institutions, which is very helpful.

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