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Two police officers killed in attack in southern Turkey

28 October 2011, Friday /TODAY’S ZAMAN
Two police officers were killed in an attack on Friday believed to have been carried out by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southern province of Osmaniye.

The police officers were standing guard outside a state dormitory for university students, Cihan news agency reported. Police teams chasing the terrorists killed one of the attackers, according to Cihan. A police search for rest of the attackers continues.

Unconfirmed reports also claimed that the assailants asked children to call police and report a traffic accident. When police came, the PKK terrorists massacred them.

In the meantime, an armed wing of the PKK, the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), stated on Thursday that the terrorist organization is unable to communicate with its members in the Kazan Valley. Turkey’s Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated on Thursday that an offensive carried out in Çukurca’s Kazan Valley ended on Wednesday, noting that some 270 terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members were killed in the operation.

The Turkish Army is believed to have destroyed the communication channels of the terrorist organization with air strikes that resulted in the destruction of the terrorists’ shelters and the death of many PKK members. Furthermore, the HPG said it will soon announce the result of an offensive carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in the past week. Minister Yılmaz said other routine operations in Turkey’s Southeast were continuing and that Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel and other high-ranking military officers were returning to Ankara from Çukurca. Yılmaz later added that the first national unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Anka (Phoenix), is expected to be delivered to the TSK in 2012 to join offensives against the PKK.

The military launched its offensive last week after the PKK carried out raids near the Turkey-Iraq border that killed 24 Turkish soldiers. The military said last week that 22 battalions, or about 10,000 soldiers, were taking part in the offensive but did not say how many of them were in southern Turkey and how many in northern Iraq.

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