World Bulletin / News Desk
A 15-year-old boy has been martyred by PKK terrorists in northern Turkey, a provincial governor’s office said Saturday.
Eren Bulbul died from gunshot wounds sustained as he helped gendarmes track PKK members in Macka, a town 22 kilometers (14 miles) south of the Black Sea city of Trabzon, on Friday.
Gendarmerie Master Sgt. Ferhat Gedik, 41, was injured in the same incident and also died.
The Trabzon governor’s office said Eren’s funeral would be held in the Kopruyani neighborhood on Saturday after prayers at Macka Central Mosque.
Locals hung Turkish flags from windows and balconies to mark the teenager’s death and a poster of Eren was hung outside the town hall with the words: “Eren Bulbul, Macka will never forget you. Our martyrs rest in peace.”
Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Isik visited the hospital where Eren had been treated to express his condolences to the boy’s family.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), condemned the attack.
“You are so low as to fire a bullet at a 15-year-old boy,” he said in a tweet. “I wish God’s mercy to Eren Bulbul and Ferhat Gedik, who were martyred in the attack.”
The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015 after a fragile peace deal.
Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including women and children.
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