2011 Hakkâri attack

The 2011 Hakkari attacks occurred on the night of October 19, 2011,[2] when over 100 PKK fighters killed 26 Turkish soldiers.[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]

2011 Hakkari attacks
Part of PKK-Turkish Armed Forces conflict

Location of Çukurca attack
Date19 October 2011 PKK attack 20–24 October TSK operation
 Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)
Commanders and leaders
Bahoz Erdal (Turkish claim)
50 commandos 100[1]
Casualties and losses

26 killed[1]

18 injured[1]
(Turkish claim)

23 killed during the attack; 49 killed in following operations

(Turkish claim)

Turkish security forces claimed to have killed 49 PKK fighters in their slight retaliation during the next days according to Turkish media.[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. "PKK kills 24 security members, injures 18 in Hakkari terror attacks". TodaysZaman. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  2. "PKK kills 24 Turkish troops, Ankara hits back". Reuters. 19 October 2011.
  3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15363865
  4. "26 Turkish soldiers killed in Kurdish attacks". Zee News. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  5. 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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