A suspected member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, hurled a hand grenade at a police station in the Southeast Sunday, before being shot dead by security forces, officials said yesterday.
Two other militants who took part in the attack in the city of Bingöl were captured injured and the police were looking for a fourth suspected accomplice, security sources said.
Bingöl Governor İrfan Balkanlıoğlu said the attack on the police station appeared to be a retaliatory act after an intensified army crackdown against the PKK, both inside Turkey and neighboring northern Iraq, where PKK members take refuge.
"They have reached the end. They are trying to cover up their heavy losses in northern Iraq by attacking innocent people," the Anatolia news agency quoted the governor as saying.
Turkish fighter jets bombed PKK camps in the Kandil mountains in northern Iraq on Sunday morning. The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and much of the international community, has waged a bloody campaign for self-rule in the Kurdish-majority southeast since 1984. The conflict has claimed more than 37,000 lives.