ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials says Kurdish rebels have opened fire and killed two municipality employees who were distributing aid in a district that has been placed under quarantine due to the coronavirus outbreak. A third employee was wounded.
The attack occurred Thursday on a road near the district of Ozalp, in Van province, which borders Iran, the local governor’s office said in a statement. The group was attacked with long-barreled weapons from a vehicle while they were traveling in another vehicle after having handing out aid packages.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun said the attack was the work of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged a more than three-decade-old insurgency in Turkey’s southeast region.