Six dead In PKK Attacks In Turkey As Fighting Rages

silnnnnFighting raged Wednesday in a flashpoint town in southeastern Turkey as the death toll mounted from attacks blamed on Kurdish rebels and local lawmakers warned of a humanitarian crisis.

Turkish security forces backed up by tanks and combat helicopters launched a large-scale operation against the militants in the battered town of Silvan, which has been under a punishing curfew for nine days.

Local MPs have warned that the mainly Kurdish town of 90,000 people is facing dire shortages of water, food and electricity.
One soldier and one police officer were killed in clashes Wednesday with members of the youth wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), security sources and the provincial governor’s office said.

Five rebels were also killed in the Turkish operation, the Diyarbakir governor’s office said in a statement.

Also Wednesday, Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb on a road in the neighbouring province of Mardin as a police convoy was passing, killing a municipal worker and wounding a police officer.

“The operations against the terrorists will continue with determination,” it said.