YPG ter­ror­ists kill Turk­ish sol­dier with ex­plo­sives hid­den in Qu­ran

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

SE­CU­RITY sources con­firmed Wed­nes­day the death of a Turk­ish sol­dier af­ter Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) ter­ror­ists hid an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive in­side a copy of the Holy Qu­ran.

The Turk­ish mil­i­tary said Tues­day that spe­cial Sgt. Orhan Sür­men was killed dur­ing the op­er­a­tion be­ing con­ducted against Daesh, the PKK and its Syr­ian af­fil­i­ate the YPG in Syria’s north­west­ern Afrin re­gion.

The sources, who asked not to be named due to re­stric­tions on speak­ing to the me­dia, said Sür­men was killed when he tried to pick up the Qu­ran af­ter he no­ticed it was on the floor. Ac­cord­ing to Mus­lim be­lief, the Qu­ran should be kept above waist-level, out of re­spect. Sür­men was tak­ing part in sweep and clear op­er­a­tions in the vil­lage of Dar­mashkanli in the Shaykh al-Ha­did district, west of Afrin. The sources also said for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vices trained the ter­ror­ists on pre­par­ing ex­plo­sives. They added that in ad­di­tion to copies of the Qu­ran, ter­ror­ists have hid­den ex­plo­sives in dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als rang­ing from food to un­der­gar­ments.

The se­cu­rity sources said the ter­ror­ists use sim­i­lar meth­ods to hide ex­plo­sives in civil­ian ar­eas in Turkey’s south­east­ern Di­yarbakır, Şır­nak, Hakkari, and Mardin prov­inces – ar­eas known for be­ing rid­dled with PKK at­tacks.

Sep­a­rately, an­other sol­dier was killed dur­ing clashes with ter­ror­ists in Turkey’s east­ern Ağrı province.

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