One policeman killed in attack in southeast Turkey

One policeman killed in attack in southeast Turkey
# 16 January 2013 21:41 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. One policeman was killed when a number of gunmen believed to be members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) opened fire on three policemen in a car near a hospital in the southeastern province of Mardin on Wednesday evening, APA reports quoting Todays Zaman.

The attack came at a time when security forces are on alert in the entire region as the bodies of three PKK militants arrived in Turkey and were sent to Diyarbakır for a funeral and burial.

The bodies of three women shot dead in Paris in an office owned by a PKK-affiliated group last week were flown to İstanbul on Wednesday, from where they were sent to Diyarbakır for a memorial ceremony that organizers say will be a mass demonstration.

Police said a group of armed men opened fire on three on-duty policemen near Mardin State Hospital with assault weapons. One of the policemen was severely injured and was taken to a hospital. The assailants fled the scene of the attack. The policeman subsequently died at the hospital.

The police have launched a follow-up operation to find those who carried out the attack, which is likely to strain an already tense atmosphere in the country prior to the funerals.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan reiterated his call on Wednesday and urged calm and restraint on both sides with attention to likely provocations to may interrupt peace talks taking place between the government and the terrorist organization in an effort to end a decades-long fight.

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