ANKARA, Turkey — Armed men killed four police officers in southeast Turkey on Monday (July 26th) after opening fire at a police station in the town of Dortyol, in Hatay province. The gunmen were in a delivery truck with forged plates. Authorities said it is not yet clear whether the shooters were members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Three people have been arrested.
The incident spurred clashes between Turkish and Kurdish protesters Tuesday forcing police to use tear gas to disperse them. Local media reported some of the demonstrators chanted slogans in Turkish in support of jailed leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan. This caused Turkish protestors to attack and set on fire the local offices of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Parti. The unrest followed similar ethnic clashes in northern Turkey on Monday. (NTV, Anadolu news agency, Reuters, Milliyet – 27/07/10; Anadolu news agency, Reuters, Hurriyet, AP, AFP – 26/07/10)