World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish President Abdullah Gül has said a plot intended to be implemented by the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Şemdinli district of the southeastern province of Hakkari was foiled by security forces.
“The psychological environment the terrorist organization intended to create in Şemdinli was foiled by the efforts of our security forces. We did not allow such a [negative] psychological atmosphere to prevail. The terrorist organization wanted to do something like [what is happening] in Syria,” Gül said.
In Şemdinli, the PKK is reported to have attempted to kick-start an uprising in southeastern Turkey similar to the Arab Spring. The Turkish military launched a large-scale operation in the area last week after PKK members blocked the road of a village in the region and began interrogating villagers. Troops from neighboring battalions were dispatched to the region.
Security sources say around 100 PKK militants have been killed there since the operation began. Journalists and other non-residents have been barred from entering Şemdinli for security reasons.
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