The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed responsibility Wednesday, killing two Turkish policemen found dead near the Syrian border in retaliation for the deadly suicide attack attributed Monday to jihadist group Islamic State (EI).
“On July 22, around 6 am, punitive action was taken (…) against two police officers who cooperated with the gang DAECH (Arabic acronym EI) in Ceylanpinar” wrote on its website armed wing of the PKK, the People’s Defense Forces (HPG).
Wednesday morning, two police officers were found dead, killed by a bullet in the head, in a building of the city of Ceylanpinar, on the border with Syria, had announced in the morning the governor of the province of Sanliurfa, Küçük Izzetin .
This claim and come two days after the attack that left at least 32 dead and hundreds injured in another border city of Syria, Suruç (south), located a hundred kilometers to the west.
The attack targeted a group Suruç of young leftists supporters of the Kurdish cause who wished to cross the border to participate in the reconstruction Kobanî. This Syrian city was destroyed by four months of intense fighting that resulted in the victory of the Kurdish militias in Syria on jihadi fighters.
The Turkish government has launched in autumn 2012 peace talks with the PKK, which leads since 1984 on Turkish soil rebellion having made some 40 000 dead. A cease-fire declared by the PKK holds somehow since then, but the discussions have so far not led to agreement.