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Syrian Kurdish YPG spokesman says 50-60 killed in truck bomb attack

BEIRUT A spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia stated the death toll from a triple truck bomb attack in a town in northeastern Syria on Friday had risen to 50 to 60 people, with much more than 80 others wounded.

One of the blasts occurred outside a hospital, an additional at a marketplace and the third in a residential area in the YPG-controlled town of Tel Tamer, Redur Xelil mentioned by means of Web messaging service.

A statement on the website of Kurdish security force Asayish blamed the attack on Islamic State. The town is in the mostly Kurdish-controlled province of Hasaka.

(Reporting by Tom Perry and John Davison Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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Turkish army hits Kurdish militant targets in N.Iraq overnight

ANKARA Turkish warplanes struck Kurdistan Workers’ Celebration (PKK) militant targets in northern Iraq overnight and a policeman was killed in southeastern Turkey for the duration of clashes with the group.

Turkish jets hit targets in the Qandil, Hakurk, Zap and Avasin Baysan places of northern Iraq, targeting storage units and shelters for the militants, the Turkish army mentioned on Wednesday. The area is part of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish entity identified as Kurdistan.

Separately, a bomb-disposal policeman was killed by sniper fire in the Sur district of Diyarbakir, which has been beneath curfew for eight days.

Eastern Turkey has relapsed into bloodshed since the collapse of a ceasefire with the PKK in July and there is small sign of the violence tailing off.

Final month, Kurdish militants scrapped an additional unilateral truce — called in the wake of an Islamic State suicide bomb attack in Ankara — after President Tayyip Erdogan and the his AK Party, which won back its parliamentary majority in a November election, vowed to liquidate the PKK.

Far more than 40,000 men and women have been killed in the insurgency since it started in 1984. Erdogan oversaw a peace approach with the PKK but that unraveled in July.

The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan Writing by Ece Toksabay Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Turkish opposition says police bullet might have killed Kurdish lawyer

ISTANBUL A prominent Kurdish lawyer gunned down in southeastern Turkey appeared to have been shot by a policeman who was firing on suspects fleeing the scene of an attack on fellow officers, a deputy from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition said on Monday.

Diyarbakir city chief prosecutor Ramazan Solmaz stated prosecutors and police forensic teams operating at the site of Elci’s killing were forced to flee on Monday when militants opened fire and threw explosives at an armored police automobile.

Saturday’s killing of Tahir Elci, a lawyer and human rights activist, and Monday’s short incident underlined tensions in the mostly Kurdish region that have grown since a ceasefire with Kurdistan Workers Celebration (PKK) militants collapsed in July.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Elci might have been caught in the crossfire between police and the militants.

Meral Danis Bestas, a deputy for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), sent an e-mail to the interior minister soon after viewing a video of the incident which took spot in a narrow street throughout a shootout in between police and militants.

In the video, plain-clothing police standing close to Elci are noticed firing automatic pistols at gunmen fleeing the scene of the attack in Diyarbakir, the region’s biggest city.


“The footage shows a figure operating in the direction of Tahir Elci and the police opening fire in the path of that individual,” Bestas wrote. “A plain-clothes policeman dressed in brown is shown opening fire in the path of Tahir Elci and then he appears as if to see whether or not the cameras are filming him.”

“The autopsy report and the camera footage point to Elci dying as a outcome of a police bullet,” Bestas mentioned.

Shortly before Elci’s killing, two police officers had been shot dead after they stopped a “suspicious automobile” in a nearby street in what Solmaz, the chief prosecutor, stated was an attack by PKK militants.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who founded the governing AK Celebration, has vowed to destroy Kurdish militant fighters since a ceasefire collapsed in July, reigniting a conflict in which some 40,000 men and women have died because it began in 1984.

The HDP, which is represented in parliament and has called for an end to the violence, said Elci had complained of death threats.

“Tahir Elci…was the target of some deep structures which are recognized to have carried out unsolved killings and which these days give open help to the AKP government,” it said.

Unsolved political killings have been frequent at the height of the conflict amongst the state and the PKK in the 1990s.

Elci was facing trial for saying the banned PKK was not a terrorist organization, as it is described by Turkey, the European Union and United States. But he had also condemned PKK violence.

The autopsy showed one bullet had penetrated the back of Elci’s neck. The driver of the taxi in which the suspects arrived at the scene was detained and an arrest warrant was issued for one identified suspect, the prosecutor said.

(Editing by Nick Tattersall)

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Thousands collect for funeral of prime Kurdish lawyer

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Thousands gathered for the funeral of Tahir Elci, a Kurdish lawyer and human rights activist gunned down on Saturday in a southern eastern city at the center of months of violence.

The funerals for the two policemen killed in the attack in Diyarbakir also took place.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday the gun found next to Elci’s body was the same weapon used in the attack on the police officers. He vowed to catch the killers.

But Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), cast doubt on whether those responsible would be exposed.

“Our scepticism is fair as so many similar sufferings have taken place on our land in this past,” he said at the funeral. “We were never able to say goodbye to them with our minds at ease thinking those responsible will be caught.”

Police surveillance camera footage released on Saturday showed policemen being shot at from inside a cab, falling onto the ground before the passengers ran on. Another video shows plain clothed police shooting at two men running in the direction Elci was believed to be standing.

Elci, who was shot after speaking to journalists, was facing trial for saying the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organization, as the government describes it. He had, however, denounced PKK violence.

Hundreds of people have been killed since a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkish security forces collapsed in July, reigniting a conflict in which some 40,000 people have died since it began in 1984.

Elci’s killing was likely to fuel further unrest in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast.

A curfew had been called in the Sur district of Diyarbakir where the killing took place. On Sunday security forces continued operations to drive back the youth wing of the PKK, removing barricades and trenches, with occasional gunfire and explosions heard.

HDP deputies and leaders of Turkey’s local bar associations gathered at the funeral, where a casket draped in red, with bright yellow flowers was carried by a dense crowd.

Members of the Diyarbakir’s Bar Association stood in front of the hospital from where the body was taken, holding a banned which said “We will not forget you,” in Turkish and Kurdish.

Four investigators have begun work to determine whether the death was an assassination or the result of crossfire. Elci’s brother Ahmet, however, was clear that Elci had been a target:

“My brother is not our first martyr and neither will he be the last,” he said at the funeral. “As a Kurdish intellectual he was slain by the state. We have seen this state murdering Kurdish intellectuals throughout the history. But we will not give up and we will win.”

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan in Diyarbakir and Humeyra Pamuk in Istanbul, writing by Dasha Afanasieva, editing by Ros Russell)

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Prime Kurdish lawyer killed in clashes in southeast Turkey

Globe | Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:18am EST


ANKARA A senior lawyer criticized for saying the Kurdistan Workers Celebration (PKK) is not a terrorist group was killed in clashes in Diyarbakir on Saturday, two sources from the pro-Kurdish HDP opposition stated.

Bar Association President Tahir Elci was detained in October and was awaiting trial for comments he made about the PKK on CNN Turk Television.

(Reporting by Gulsen Solaker Writing by Dasha Afanasieva Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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