2011 Hakkâri attack

2011 Hakkari attacks
Part of PKK-Turkish Armed Forces conflict

Location of Çukurca attack
Date19 October 2011 PKK attack 20-24 October TSK operation
LocationÇukurca, Yüksekova and Hakkâri in Hakkâri Province, Turkey
 Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
Commanders and leaders
Bahoz Erdal (Turkish claim)
Casualties and losses

24 killed[1]

18 injured[1]
(Turkish claim)

45 killed during the attack; 270 killed in following operations

(Turkish claim)

The 2011 Hakkari attacks occurred on the night of October 19, 2011,[2] when over 100 PKK fighters allegedly conducted several simultaneous attacks on police stations and military bases in Çukurca, Yüksekova and Hakkâri, resulting in the death of 24 and the injury of 18 Turkish soldiers and police[1] and the death of 23 PKK fighters.[3] It was allegedly the deadliest PKK attack on Turkish security forces since the May 24, 1993 PKK ambush in which 33 soldiers were killed.[4] The PKK claimed the attack was to avenge a high-ranking PKK commander killed by Turkish operations in Iraqi Kurdistan earlier.[5]

Turkish security forces claimed to have killed 49 PKK fighters in their slight retaliation during the next days.[6]

According to claims made by Turkish authorities, the alleged attack was carried out by the Syrian branch of the PKK, led by Dr. Bahoz Erdal.[5]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "PKK kills 24 security members, injures 18 in Hakkari terror attacks". TodaysZaman. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. "PKK kills 24 Turkish troops, Ankara hits back". Reuters. 19 October 2011.
  3. Hikmet Durgun; Remzi Budancir; Muzaffer Duru (20 October 2011). "Savaşa Aşıklarmış" (in Turkish). İstanbul: Taraf Gazetesi. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  4. "26 Turkish soldiers killed in Kurdish attacks". Zee News. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  5. 1 2 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "Refworld - Turkey Afraid Syria Will Target Its Kurdish Achilles' Heel". Refworld. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  6. Radikal (22 October 2011). "TSK: 2 günde 49 PKK'lı öldürüldü" (in Turkish). İstanbul: Radikal Gazetesi. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
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