PKK supporters attempt to burn students, three children heavily injured
A group of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) supporters have attacked a student dormitory in the southeastern province of Şırnak with Molotov cocktails as part of the outlawed organization’s campaign to escalate tension in the country ahead of the June 12 general elections, heavily injuring three children.
Nearly 60 people held an unsanctioned rally on İdil Avenue in Cizre on Friday before attacking the dormitory, predominantly home to students of imam-hatip high schools.
Residents living in the area were able to contain the fire sparked by Molotov cocktails hurled at the dormitory by the protesters. One student suffered severe burns to the entire body while two others only suffered burns to their arms and face.
The injured children were taken to Cizre State Hospital. The situation of one student still remains life critical as of Friday night.
Before attacking the dormitory, protesters also attempted to block traffic while riot police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Dozens of security forces were dispatched to the area to ensure security and police have opened investigations into the incidents. Speaking at the site of the fire, Cizre Police Chief Aydın Akkoca vowed to capture the perpetrators soon and condemned the ruthless attack, the Cihan news agency reported.
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