One Turkish police officer was killed and nine others were wounded on Friday in a raid to capture a suspected Kurdish militant in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, the governor’s office said.
The officers launched the operation to arrest a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the district of Kayapinar west of Diyarbakir city center, it said in a statement.
When they entered the building, clashes broke out during which a hand grenade was detonated and 10 officers were wounded. One later died after being taken to hospital.
Local resident Zahide Kilinc said she woke up to the sounds of gunfire around 6:00 am (0300 GMT) and saw officers open fire on a flat nearby.
“Of course we were scared, the children were scared. It was like there was an attack on our home and not the opposite flat,” she told AFP.
The governor’s office said a member of the PKK was also killed during the clashes.
The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.