US Ambassador in Ankara Francis Ricciardone said on Friday that the U.S will give three Super Cobra helicopters to Turkey, TGRT news channel reported. Turkey had been asking for Super Cobras to replace the helicopters it lost during its campaign against the PKK.
Meanwhile, one person died and two were wounded in an explosion in front of a gendarmerie garrison in the Göynük district of the southeastern province of Antalya on Friday afternoon. A suicide bomber who was carrying the bomb died and two officers were wounded. Another two troops died and three were wounded Friday in a terrorist ambush on the outskirts of the southeastern province of Şırnak while 26 people were taken into custody in Istanbul and Bitlis on terrorism-related charges.
An ensuing operation launched against PKK members in the area was widened in the early hours Friday, with commandos from a border gendarmerie command arriving on the scene with Sikorsky helicopters, while Cobra choppers and other land units also joined in the operation.
Minister condemns PKK
Earlier Thursday, Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker condemned the recent increase in terrorist attacks.
“I am one of you. Like you, I lived on this land and was born [here]. Whoever commits a murder, they commit it in their own name,” Eker said during a commencement ceremony in the southeastern province of Mardin. Thirteen people, including officials from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, were meanwhile taken into custody Thursday in the southeastern province of Bitlis by anti-terror police. Another 13 people were taken under custody in Istanbul on Friday morning.