One officer killed, five wounded in clashes with PKK

One officer killed, five wounded in clashes with PKK

Five security officers were wounded in a clash with the PKK terrorists in Diyarbakır’s Kulp district on Monday. The wounded officers were taken to hospitals for treatment. (Photo: AA)

May 21, 2012, Monday/ 14:50:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

A special ops team officer was killed and five other security personnel were wounded in a clash with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Kulp, a district of Diyarbakır province, on Monday.

The clash occurred between a group of PKK militants that had kidnapped the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) Kulp branch head Veysel Çelik and security forces, which included village guards, military officers and police special ops teams.

Officer Akın Bayram was pronounced dead at Dicle University Teaching and Research Hospital. A large-scale operation was initiated by the Turkish military and police department to save AK Party’s Çelik from the hands of the PKK. The operation was backed by military helicopters on Monday morning, just before the clash with PKK terrorists started.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Diyarbakır Governor Mustafa toprak stated that a police special ops team officer, three artillerymen and a village guard had been wounded. He said two of the wounded were taken to Dicle University Teaching and Research Hospital and the other three were taken to Diyarbakır Military Hospital for treatment. Toprak added that operations are continuing in the area and that four PKK terrorists have been killed in recent clashes.

Bayram reportedly came from northern Ordu’s Ulubey district. News reports said he was married with two children. The slain officer’s second child, a son, was born only slightly more than a month ago. 

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