A Kurdish villager shot dead allagedly by Turkish soldiers in Ardahan province

Dilaver Aşçı

A Kurdish villager was allegedly shot dead by Turkish soldiers in Ardahan province on Tuesday morning. According to the reports by pro-Kurdish news outlets 69 years old Dilaver Aşçı, who was living in Çolpenek village of Ardahan province, was allegedly shot by Turkish soldiers in an area declared security zone by the military.

According to the reports, as villager Dilaver Aşçı was heading to the upland 3 kilometers away from his village for animal husbandry, he lost his life after allegedly getting shot by gendarmerie forces. Immediately after the body of Aşcı was found the security forces blocked the access to the scene and Çolpenek village.

However, some pro-gorvernment news soruces have claimed that the bullet killed the villager Dilaver Aşçı, who was previously a member of the municipality asssembly from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), is not from a gendermarie weapon but from a hunter’s rifle.

Meanwhile, Turkish government has placed 13 villages and 4 hamlets in Mardin’s Nusaybin district under a curfew and blocks the roads to the people. The curfew that will remain in place until a further notice involves the villages of Taşköy, Üçköy, Düzce, Üçyol, Dağiçi, Eskihisar, Dibek, Güzelsu, Bahminin, Kalali, Kayadibi, Güneli and Günyurdu, and the hamlets of Yelekli, Yakınca, Yol and Sekrin.

Turkish security forces has struggled against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for almost four decades. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU. It has resumed decades-long armed campaign against the Turkish security forces in July 2015. Since then, numbers of civilians were killed either by the PKK or Turkish security forces.

The PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 security personnel and civilians while more than 4,000 security personnel and over 2,000 civilians have been injured.

July 11, 2017

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