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Killed policeman leaves letter behind, doesn't want Erdoy-an to attend funeral.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Mehmet Akif Hatunoy-lu, one of four police officers who were killed on Thursday when explosives planted by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists were detonated as they passed by, left behind a letter stating he does not want President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an or interim Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoy-lu to attend his funeral.

The slain police officers -- ybrahim Halil Aksoy, Mehmet HE-seyin Balta, Ahmet Akalyn and Hatunoy-lu -- were traveling in a vehicle in the Dargecit district of southeastern province of Mardin on Thursday morning, when the terrorist staged the bomb attack against the vehicle.

According to media reports, the attacked police vehicle was patrolling the district on Thursday morning to ensure the security of firefighters who were trying to extinguish a fire in an educational institution in the district that was started earlier by the PKK. Security forces have launched a large-scale operation in the district to capture those perpetrators who fled the scene following the bomb attack.

Security forces later found a letter of testamentary on Hatunoy-lu. In the letter, Hatunoy-lu says if he is killed, he does not want Erdoy-an, Davutoy-lu, any ministers, deputies or governors to attend his funeral ceremony as the state officials turned a blind eye to PKK terrorist acts during the settlement process launched in 2012 to end Turkey's long-standing Kurdish problem.

Expressing his love for his family, wife and daughter, the slain policeman also says he firstly entrusts his daughter to his wife and then his parents, but will never entrust his daughter to the state.

The bomb blast in the Dargecit district of Mardin is the latest in a succession of frequent attacks against security forces by PKK terrorists since a two-year-long cease-fire ended in July, leaving in tatters the settlement process launched by the government with imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Eucalan to end the Kurdish problem.

Furthermore, two other police officers were injured in another terrorist attack staged by the PKK in Mardin province on Wednesday night. The terrorists detonated mines planted on a road in the Derik district of Mardin while a vehicle carrying a group of police officers was passing by. According to media reports, two police officers were slightly injured and are receiving treatment at Derik State Hospital.

Turkish warplanes also bombed PKK targets on Wednesday after one soldier was killed in the same region. State media said 20 militants were killed in those air strikes.

More than 70 members of the security forces have been killed since the PKK attacks began. The media says more than 900 PKK militants have been killed in that period in southeast Turkey and Iraq, where the terrorist PKK has bases.

President, PM postpone match program after 4 police officers killed

President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an and interim Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoy-lu have postponed their joint plans to attend a match between the Turkish national team and Latvia in Konya on Thursday evening after the four police officers were killed in the PKK bomb attack in Mardin.

According to a written statement released by the President's Office on Thursday, Erdoy-an will not go to Konya to watch the national team's match due to the bomb attack against the police in Dargecit.

3 traffic police officers injured in armed PKK attack in Elazyy-

PKK militants also attacked a traffic control office in the Kovancylar district of Elazyy- province with rockets on Wednesday evening. Three traffic police officers were injured, with one of them in critical condition.

According to media reports, the attack was staged against the office of the Regional Traffic Directorate located on the Elazyy--BingE[micro]l highway. Police and gendarmes have conducted a joint operation to locate and capture those terrorists who fled to a forested area near the scene of the attack.

The Elazyy- Governor's Office also released a written statement sharing details of the armed attacks against the traffic police officers, saying a clash erupted between security forces and terrorists after the latter fired rockets at the directorate at around 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

In a related incident, two suspected members of the PKK who were detained on Aug. 30 as part of a counterterrorism operation conducted in Ay-ry province were arrested on Thursday morning. The arrested suspects, Rydvan Kahraman and Erhan Muy-lay, face charges of being members of a terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, eight PKK members surrendered to security forces in E[currency]yrnak province on Wednesday. According to a written statement released by the E[currency]yrnak Governor's Office, the PKK militants escaped from the terrorist organization and surrendered to security forces, adding that the number of PKK members who surrendered themselves to security forces between March 21, 2013 and Sept. 2 has reached 888.

Meanwhile, hundreds of locals gathered in the Salihli district of Manisa province on Wednesday evening to protest the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Turkey. The crowd shouted anti-PKK slogans during the protest, which was attended by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Manisa deputy Mazlum Nurlu, Salihli Mayor Zeki Kayda and representatives of various civil society organizations.

Bayram Kaya, Ankara (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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