Cablegate: Update On Pkk Violence (April 24-30, 2008)
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SUBJECT: Update on PKK Violence (April 24-30, 2008)
REF: ANKARA 778 and previous
(U) Sensitive but unclassified - please protect accordingly.
1. (SBU) This is another in a series of weekly reports on PKK
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 24-30, 2008 reporting period, seven security
officials died, including two in landmine explosions and the rest in
clashes with the PKK. One of the two who were killed when they
stepped on a landmine was a village guard. Three additional
security personnel were injured, all in landmine explosions. The
total number of security force casualties for the year through April
30, 2008 was 37 killed and 42 injured.
3. (U) During the same reporting period, three PKK terrorists were
killed, two were captured, and nine surrendered. Of the two killed,
one was found dead in Nusaybin, Mardin Province on April 28.
According to official TGS website figures, through the fourth week
of April, the number of PKK militants killed this year was 316, the
number of those captured was 86, and the number of those who
surrendered was 58.
4. (U) A civilian vehicle was damaged when a PKK-set explosive
detonated April 26 in Guclukonak, Sirnak Province. No one was
injured. The total number of civilian casualties for the year
through the end of the fourth week of April was 11 killed, with
another 52 wounded.