Interim Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has ordered governors to call in army reinforcements to fight Kurdish militants or suppress riots, Hurriyet newspaper reported, citing unidentified military officials.
A fragile three-year truce with the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, came to a violent end in July as political parties squabbled following inconclusive parliamentary elections the month before. Outrage over the militants’ slaying of soldiers and policemen in the mainly Kurdish southeast spread across Turkey, triggering attacks on the pro-Kurdish HDP party and the media, including Hurriyet.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned attacks on HDP offices, while accusing party officials of failing to distance themselves from the PKK. Prosecutors opened a probe into HDP co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas on charges of separatism and affronting the state, state-run Anadolu news agency said.
The deteriorating security in the runup to a repeat election scheduled for Nov. 1 has weakened the lira. The currency lost as much as 0.8 percent to an all-time-low of 3.0615 per dollar before trimming losses to trade down 0.5 percent at 3.0517 at 8:19 a.m. in Istanbul.
In the latest reported violence, PKK militants killed one policeman and wounded two others and a civilian in a rocket attack on an armored police car in the eastern city of Tunceli Wednesday night, Anadolu reported.
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