Two killed in fresh clashes in southeast Turkey

Turkish soldiers stand guard near the Mursitpinar border gate in Suruc, bordering with the northern Kurdish town of Kobani, in Sanliurfa province, Turkey. (File: Reuters)

Two people have been killed in fresh clashes between Turkish police and Kurdish rebel supporters in the restive Kurdish-majority southeast, the local mayor said on Friday.

At least 10 people were also injured in the shooting that erupted overnight in the Silopi district of Sirnak near the border with Iraq and Syria, Silopi mayor Seyfettin Aydemir told AFP.

Two Kurds, one of them a teenager, died of gunshot wounds in hospital, Aydemir said, adding that the two of the injured were police officers.

Ankara has launched a two-pronged offensive to bomb Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels in northern Iraq, after a series of attacks in Turkey.

So far, the operation has focused largely on the Kurdish rebels.

The spiral of violence sparked by the killing of 32 pro-Kurdish activists in a bombing by suspected ISIS jihadists last month has left a 2013 ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK in tatters.

According to an AFP toll, 20 members of the Turkish security forces have since died in attacks blamed on the PKK.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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