Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (April 16-23, 2008)
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SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (April 16-23, 2008)
REF: ANKARA 724 and previous
(U) Sensitive but unclassified - please protect accordingly.
1. (SBU) This is another in a series of weekly reports on
PKK-related violence in Turkey. Our primary source is the Turkish
General Staff (TGS) website, which documents contacts and clashes
with the PKK, as well as casualties incurred.
2. (U) During the April 16-23, 2008 reporting period, six security
officials died, including two in clashes with the PKK and four
explosions of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Another 11 were
injured, including seven in clashes and four in IED detonations.
The total number of security force casualties for the year through
April 23, 2008 was 30 killed and 39 injured.
3. (U) During the same period, six PKK terrorists were killed and
one was captured. According to official TGS website figures,
through the third week of April, the number of PKK militants killed
this year was 313, the number of those captured was 84, and the
number of those who surrendered was 49.
4. (U) Three civilians were injured April 17 when one of the group
stepped on a landmine in Yuksekova, Hakkari Province. The total
number of civilian casualties for the year through the end of the
third week of April is now 11 killed, with another 52 wounded.