Europe Turkey declares curfew in Diyarbakir area to fight Kurdish militants

Turkey declares curfew in Diyarbakir area to fight Kurdish militants

Members of Turkish police special forces take part in a security operation in Diyarbakir, Turkey, October 26, 2015. Two Turkish policemen and seven Islamic State militants were killed in a firefight after police raided more than a dozen houses in Turkey's southeast early on Monday, security sources and government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday. The clash took place in the Kayapinar district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. It was the first such shoot-out between Turkish security forces and suspected Islamic State militants in an inner city; previous confrontations have taken place on the Turkish-Syrian border. REUTERS/Sertac Kayar  - RTX1T9FK
Members of Turkish police special forces take part in a security operation in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Turkish authorities declared a curfew in a neighborhood of southeast Turkey’s largest city Diyarbakir on Tuesday to fight Kurdish militants in the area, local officials announced as clashes broke out in the area.

The curfew was imposed in the Kaynartepe neighborhood of Diyarbakir’s Baglar district from 3 a.m. (0100 GMT) in the face of moves by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants to set up barricades, dig ditches and plant explosives in the area, the local authorities statement said.

PKK fighters blocked roads and halted vehicles in the area and clashed with security forces sporadically through the night as a police helicopter flew overhead, witnesses said.

Violence has surged in the mainly Kurdish southeast since a 2-1/2 year ceasefire with the PKK collapsed in July. The militants have focused their strikes on security forces in southeastern towns, some of which have been under curfew.

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