Van, Turkey: Vengeance Units Attack Police Patrol with IED and Torch an AKP Member’s Car

Şehit Savaş Amed Vengeance Unit have issued a written statement claiming responsibility for two actions in memory of Şehit Beritan (Gülnaz Karataş)* that were carried out in the city of Van in eastern Turkey.

From the Vengeance Unit statement:

On October 29, we carried out an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack against a police vehicle patrolling the Ipekyolu district of Van. Following the attack, the enemy intervened using pepper gas and briefly blockaded the neighborhood. Our units were able to safely leave the area.

On October 29, a car belonging to an AKP member was set on fire in the Sabaniye district of Van. As a result of the action, the car was rendered unusable.

(via Nûçe Ciwan)

*Translation note: Şehit Beritan (Gülnaz Karataş) was a woman fighter of the PKK. Born into a family of Alevi Kurds from Dersim, she went to the primary and secondary school in Elazığ. In 1989 she began to study at the Department of Economics at the Istanbul University. It is reported that until 1990 she was not aware of her Kurdish identity. In 1990 she got to know networks of the PKK and was arrested, but released shortly after in 1991. On the 9th of May 1991 she entered the PKK in the Cudi Mountains, Sirnak. In 1992 she was sent as a leader of a small group to Şemdinli. On the 25 October 1992 she fought against the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan who have allied themselves with the Turkish army. The legend says, she fought until the last bullet. The commander of the adversary peshmerga called her to surrender. But she threw herself off a cliff in order not to be arrested. She became an iconic figure within the history of the PKK and many songs and newborns are named after her. Halil Uysal produced a movie about her life in 2006. Her remains were found in 2005 and transported to an area controlled by the PKK, where she was buried. (info via Wikipedia)

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