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.
PKK blamed for planting explosive device in Hakkari province
Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci reacts to German leader's statement about updating Turkey-EU customs deal
Turkish president calls on Germany-based Turks not to vote for 'hostile' CDU, SPD, Greens in September elections
Over 3,000 new foreign-partnered companies established in Turkey in first seven months of 2017
Turkish General Staff says 7 soldiers were also martyred in operations between Aug. 10-17
Turkish stocks fall 0.41 percent as US dollar/Turkish lira rate rises to 3.52
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a condolence letter to the Spanish King Felipe VI
Presidential spokesman says Ankara hopes Berlin will investigate reports claiming coup suspect Adil Oksuz is in Germany
Transport minister says every tunnel, bridge and structure is being built keeping in mind possible earthquake
Refugees, Turkish host communities to acquire working skills in $1.7-million project backed by Turkish agriculture ministry
German leader's hard line on updating Turkey-EU customs deal meets criticism in Ankara
Deposit banks see their profits reach $4.81 billion
BIST 100 index rises 0.51 percent as US dollar/Turkish lira rate falls to 3.52
"This nation gave you your lesson, and you will take your lessons again," says Binali Yildirim