Turkey: 10 people, including three police officers, killed in two provinces

A Turkish police chief is targeted in the first assassination attempt for 13 years in fresh clashes in Turkey that killed at least 10 people while injuring scores of others

Three policemen were killed late Oct. 9 after unidentified assailants opened fire on a team of officers conducting an investigation on the site of a workplace in the eastern province of Bingöl that was destroyed in recent protests over Kobane.

Bingöl police chief Atalay Ürker and his team came under fire from an automatic weapon while viewing the damage to the workplace. The chief’s deputy, Atıf Şahin, and two other policemen protecting them were killed in the attack, while Ürker was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Three of the alleged assailants were later killed in a shootout with gendarmerie forces north of Bingöl while another was injured.

The attack is the first assassination attempt against a provincial police chief since the murder of Gaffar Okan in Diyarbakır in 2001…

(Photo: Protesters run from a water cannon used by riot police to disperse them in Istanbul, during a pro-Kurdish demonstration in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal)