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TURKEY - Jan. 26 - Kurds Mourn Police Chief.

Thousands of Turks and Kurds on Jan. 25 marched to protest at the assassination of Diyarbakir Police Chief Gaffar Okkan in an unprecedented outpouring of sympathy by Kurds for a Turkish police officer. Some 10,000 people chanted slogans condemning the assassination of Okkan and five other police officers, shot dead in an ambush on Jan. 24. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, suspicion fell on the Islamic Kurdish militant group Hizbollah. (Kurdish civilians have been caught in a 16-year war between Turkish forces and PKK).
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Publication:APS Diplomat Recorder
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7TURK
Date:Jan 27, 2001
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