DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY – One person was killed Friday in southeast Turkey as security forces fired shots to disperse hundreds of Kurdish villagers protesting the expansion of an army outpost, according to local officials. Nine people were wounded, two of them seriously, according to the governor’s office in the city of Diyarbakir.
The army opened fire after the crowd of around 300 torched construction tents and marched on the construction site, hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces, said Diyarbakir Gov. Cahit Kirac. The incident shattered a lull in the volatile region, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party has waged a bloody campaign for autonomy for nearly three decades.