PKK attacks in SE leave 3 policemen dead

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Three police officers were killed and six others were wounded in two separate Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacks in Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Diyarbakır early on Sunday, with a curfew being imposed in the Silvan and Sur districts of Diyarbakır on Sunday.

PKK members detonated a car bomb near a police checkpoint in Şırnak early on Sunday, killing two police officers and wounding five others, Turkish media outlets said.

The reports say Turkish security forces at a nearby base in Şırnak subsequently shelled a mountainous area which the PKK fighters had fled to after the attack.

Two militants were killed in the operation, which was supported by Cobra attack helicopters. Sikorsky helicopters landed commandos in key PKK zones and intermittent clashes occurred.

PKK also launched an attack on Sunday with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles in the Silvan district of Diyarbakır, the largest city in the Southeast of the country, killing one police officer and wounding another.

According to the media reports, the PKK attacked while the policemen were trying to remove trenches dug by the PKK sympathizers in the Mescit neighborhood of the district on Sunday morning. A written statement released the same morning by the Silvan District Governor’s Office says that a curfew was declared at the Mescit, Telek and Konak neighborhoods of the district until further notice.