Violence should end to start negotiations: Blair

Four people died, including a civilian, in a skirmish between members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and village guards in Turkey’s southeastern province of Siirt late on Wednesday.   


State-run news agency reported on Wednesday that one village guard was killed while another villager was injured when three PKK members attacked two village guards and two villagers in Baykan district of Siirt.

Siirt Governor’s Office said in a statement it released on Wednesday that the injured villager was taken to Siirt Military Hospital but could not be saved despite all medical efforts.

The statement also added that two PKK members were also killed during the clash and more Turkish troops were deployed to the area.

Private Cihan news agency, however, put the number of death at five. It said three village guards, who were brothers, were killed during the clashes. Cihan said Bekir Çarboğa (30), Şakir Çarboğa (26) and Mahfuz Çarboğa (21) were the village guards who were killed.

Turkey has this year carried out scores of air raids and artillery strikes on northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish area and also southeastern Turkey to hit PKK targets. Ankara has warned it could carry out a cross-border ground attack, depending on talks with Iraq.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari came to Turkey this week to have talks with Turkish officials. Among his agenda, there are also topics on how to deal with the PK

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Cansu Çamlıbel
ISTANBUL / Hürriyet