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Turkey commemorates young teacher martyred by PKK terrorists

Turkey on Tuesday observed the third death anniversary of a music teacher, who was martyred in a PKK terror attack.

Şenay Aybuke Yalçın was martyred in the southeastern province of Batman three years ago. She was 22 years old.

“On the third year of her martyrdom, I commemorate our teacher Aybuke Yalçın, who was murdered in Batman by a terrorist organization. I respectfully commemorate all our teachers who contributed to the well-being of our nation and the development of our country, especially the martyred ones,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Twitter.

Yalçın succumbed to her wounds in a brazen attack targeting the car of the mayor of Kozluk region in Batman. She was riding a minibus which was part of the convoy.

The perpetrator of the attack was neutralized in March 2018 by Turkish security forces.

Turkish officials and civilians also sent their condolences on social media using the hashtag #AybukeYalçın.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU — has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people, including many women, children and infants.

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