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UPDATE - Turkey: Customs personnel martyred in rocket attack

UPDATE - Turkey: Customs personnel martyred in rocket attack
Vehicle carrying customs staff members in eastern Agri province hit by rocket fired by terrorists

UPDATES WITH STAFF MEMBER MARTYRED; ADDS REMARKS BY TRADE MINISTER; CHANGES HEADLINE, DECK, LEDE

By Burak Bir, Selami Kucukoglu and Goksel Cuneyt Igde

ANKARA/AGRI, Turkey (AA) - A customs personnel was martyred on Monday in a rocket attack in eastern Turkey, said to trade minister.

"Today, one of our personnels was martyred as a result of the heinous attack on the vehicle carrying our Gurbulak Customs Directorate staff in the morning," Ruhsar Pekcan said on Twitter.

Pekcan extended her condolences to the family and relatives of the martyr, and wished speedy recovery for the wounded.

Early Monday, a vehicle carrying the customs staff members in the eastern Agri province was hit by a rocket fired by terrorists.

The terror attack occurred in the Gurbulak district, 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from Turkey's border gate with Iran.

Search and rescue teams reached the scene which was cordoned off.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Twitter that rockets fired by terrorists hit the front wheel of the armored vehicle carrying customs staff members at 8.50 a.m. local time (0550GMT).

The operation, conducted by gendarmerie forces following the terrorist attack, continues in the region.

Separately, a soldier who was sweeping the region after the attack, was injured when an explosive device planted by terrorists detonated.

source: News Feed
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