PKK Attack Kills 3 Transatlantic Petroleum Workers in Turkey

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, killed three employees of Transatlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TNP) in southeast Turkey late yesterday.

Transatlantic Petroleum, based in Hamilton, Bermuda, said the attack “appears to be an isolated event,” in a statement published by Marketwire today. The incident took place at its Selmo field in southeast Turkey, said the company, which owns oil and gas properties in Turkey, Bulgaria, Morocco and Romania.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters that he talked with Transatlantic Petroleum’s representatives and that they would continue production in the region. An international firm had withdrawn in 1992-1994 following similar attacks, Yildiz told reporters in Istanbul without naming the company.

The attack with long-range weapons took place at about 10:30 p.m. in the Kozluk municipality and also wounded an employee of the firm, the Batman province’s governorship said in a statement on its website. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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