One PKK member killed in clashes in east Turkey

An alleged member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, was killed in clashes with Turkish soldiers in the eastern Kahramanmaraş province late Sunday, daily Milliyet reported on its website.

Hürriyet photo

Hürriyet photo

Gendarmerie forces on patrol near the Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaraş reportedly came under fire by PKK militants at around 9 p.m.

Clashes broke out in a forested area when soldiers responded to the attack.

Reinforcements were sent in and the firefight continued until 11 p.m.

One PKK member was killed while the rest of the assailants fled into the woods. The killed PKK member, codenamed “Rojak,” was alleged to be the person responsible for the organization’s activities in the Pazarcık district.

Soldiers searching the area found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives, food supplies and medicine left behind by the fleeing militants.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

State to pay for information

The Interior Ministry has initiated work to implement an existing but as yet unused law that hands out rewards for catching criminals.

Those who help apprehend criminals or reveal their identities will be given cash rewards. The law is being put in effect to counter the increased PKK attacks in cities against civilans, the report said.

The law will be published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday.

Monday, October 3, 2011
ANKARA/KAHRAMANMARAŞ – From online dispatches