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Picture of naked, bloodied ‘PKK female militant’ sparks online rage

One official from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party said: ‘Stripping the body of woman naked after killing her is a disgrace to humanity’

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A leaked picture purporting to show a female militant from the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bloodied and lying dead naked on ground in Turkey has sparked online furor.

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Turkish media reported that Kevser Elturk, also “Ekin Van” was a “PKK terrorist” who was killed on Aug. 10, during a gun battle with Turkish forces in a rural area of the Varto district – Gimgim, Today’s Zaman reported.

In reaction to the photo, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Pervin Buldan wrote on her Twitter account that “stripping the body of woman naked after killing her is a disgrace to humanity.”

HDP parliamentary group chairman Idris Baluken also likened those “who stripped the dead body of a female terrorist” as not being “different” from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “gangs who have been waging a war against the dignity of humanity.”

Turkish authorities said a probe has been launched after the picture was circulated on social media.