ANKARA,(AFP) – Two police officers were wounded in a bomb explosion in a restive province in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast (Turkey-Kurdistan), the Anatolia news agency reported Wednesday.
A roadside bomb was set off by remote control as a police vehicle was passing late Tuesday in the town of Yuksekova, in Hakkari province bordering both Iraq and Iran, the report said.
One of the officers in the car sustained serious injuries, it added.
There was no immediate word on who was behind the attack, but the Turkey’s separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is active in the region.
The PKK, blacklisted as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, has threatened retaliation following Turkish air raids on its bases in northern Iraq.
Since December 16, the Turkish army has said it has carried out five air strikes against rebel positions in Kurdistan region in ‘northern Iraq’ as well as a ground cross-border operation to stop a group of rebels trying to infiltrate Turkey.
Iraqi Kurdistan politician says, Turkey is using Turkey’s Kurdish separatist PKK rebel group as an excuse to invade Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’ to prevent the establishment of Kurdistan state in the Kurdish autonomous region in ‘northern Iraq’,www.ekurd.net Turkey fears this could fan separatism among its own large Kurdish population in southeast Turkey. Turkey is home to over 25 million ethnic Kurds
Over 39,000 Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas have been killed since 1984 when the PKK took up arms for self-rule in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey. A large Turkey’s Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
The PKK demanded Turkey’s recognition of the Kurds’ identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country’s Kurdish areas,www.ekurd.net the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, granting them full political freedoms.
Two Turkish policemen wounded in bomb blast in southeast Turkey