PKK commander killed in military operation in SE Turkey

Turkish soldiers engaged suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in the southeastern Hakkari province, killing the organization’s commander for Mount Kato, daily Milliyet reported on its website Saturday.

Security forces were conducting an operation Friday night to apprehend the assailants responsible for Thursday’s PKK attack that killed two soldiers and wounded three on Mount Kato.

Clashes erupted between soldiers and PKK militants when two groups came in contact on the mountain. Four soldiers were injured in the clashes and were sent to Beytüşşebap State Hospital.

Three PKK members were killed in the clashes. One of them was reported to be responsible for the organization’s activities in the Mount Kato region.

Helicopter gunships provided support for troops on the ground by putting PKK members under heavy fire, the report said.

The military on Friday issued a mandatory evacuation order for villagers living in the highlands around Mount Kato to protect civilians from increased military activity in the area.

New military forbidden zones

The Turkish General Staff has announced on its website 15 new military forbidden zones, daily Hürriyet reported on its website.

Fifteen specific areas in Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Siirt and Hakkari provinces were declared forbidden zones from Oct. 3 to Jan. 3.

The General Staff’s decision and coordinates of forbidden zones were sent to provincial governors through the Interior Ministry.

One soldier wounded in Bingöl

Meanwhile, a specialist sergeant was injured in an ambush by PKK militants in the southeastern province of Bingöl on Friday, daily Milliyet reported.

Serg. Ahmet Erdal was taken to Bingöl State Hospital.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
HAKKARİ – From online dispatches