Kurdish lawyer, policeman killed in fighting in southeast Turkey

Published November 28th, 2015 - 11:47 GMT
Senior Kurdish Lawyer Tahir Elci had been detained in October for 'terrorist propaganda.' Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
Senior Kurdish Lawyer Tahir Elci had been detained in October for 'terrorist propaganda.' Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)

A senior lawyer and a police officer have died after gunfire erupted in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Saturday.

Security sources have pinned the attack on the militant organization PKK.

President of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, Tahir Elci, and a police officer were killed in the incident which happened in the province’s central Sur district.

Two other police officers were injured.

According to Turkish security sources, Elci had been making a statement to the media about the historic Dort Ayakli Minare mosque, damaged by the PKK in October.

PKK militants and Turkish security forces traded fire, as people fled the scene.


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