Over the course of 2016, the bloody terrorist organization PKK -- the perpetrator of inhumane attacks throughout its history -- has killed up to 250 people, including civilians.
The PKK avoids face-to-face combat with Turkish security forces, preferring instead to kill innocents without discrimination -- including children, the elderly, women, soldiers, and police officers -- by using suicide bombers, bomb-laden vehicles, handmade explosives, and arson attacks.
Founded in the late 1970s, the PKK is listed as a terror organization by Turkey, the EU, and the U.S.
The following is an Anadolu Agency chronology of the PKK's bloody attacks since 1984:
Under its now-imprisoned leader, Abdullah Ocalan, who has been the sole inmate of an island prison off Istanbul since his capture in 1999, the PKK commits its first attacks on Aug. 15, 1984 on police and Gendarmerie bases in Eruh, the Siirt province, and Semdinli, a district in nearby Hakkari, southeastern Turkey. Those initial attacks leave one soldier martyred and 12 people, including 9 soldiers and one civilian, injured.
Jan. 22, 1987: The PKK targets a wedding house in a bomb attack in the village of Ortabag in the Sirnak province’s Uludere district, killing 8 people, including 4 women and 2 children.
Jan. 23, 1987: The terrorist PKK brutally kills 10 innocent people, including 2 babies, 5 children, and an elderly person, in the village of Gundukorte in Midyat, the Mardin province.
March 7, 1987: The terror group shoots to death 8 people, including 6 children, in the village of Acikyol of the Nusaybin district in Mardin.
June 20, 1987: The PKK commits a massacre in the village of Pinarcik in Mardin’s Omerli district, killing 30 people, including 16 children and 6 women. The village was mainly inhabited by temporary village guard families.
Aug. 18, 1987: The PKK kills 25 civilians, including 2 babies just 2 and 6 days old, in the village of Milan in Eruh, the Siirt province.
May 9, 1987: In the village of Behmenin in Nusaybin, Mardin, 11 people, including 8 children and 2 women who were all from the same family, killed by the PKK, in an attack that seriously wounded 2 children.
July 8, 1987: Nine people from the same family, including 7 children and 2 women, killed by the PKK in the village of Haraberk in Midyat, Mardin. The same day, other PKK members shoot to death 16 people, including women and children, in the village of Pecenek in the same district.
Sept. 21, 1987: PKK terrorists kill 5 women, 2 of them pregnant, and 4 children in the village of Guneyce in the Sirnak province.
Oct. 10, 1987: The PKK kills 13 people, most of them children, women, and the elderly, and wounds 9 others in the village of Cobandere in Sirnak.
March 21, 1988: The PKK strangles nine shepherds, mistaking them for village guards.
Nov. 6, 1988: In a raid, PKK terrorists kill 3 teachers and wound one other in the village of Sumer in Dargecit, Mardin.
March 21, 1990: The PKK executes 9 engineers and a worker by gunfire along the road between Elazig and Kovancilar.
June 11, 1990: The group kills 27 people, including 12 children, 7 women, and 4 village guards, by burning them in their houses in the village of Cevrimli in Guclukonak, Sirnak.
Dec. 25, 1991: The PKK, taking its terrorist campaign to cities, attacks a store in the Bakirkoy district of Istanbul with Molotov cocktails, leaving 11 people, including 7 women and one child, dead.
July 14, 1991: PKK terrorists kill 9 people, including women and children, in a raid in the Caglayancerit and Pazarcik districts of the Kahramanmaras province. The terrorists flee after burning the bodies.
July 22, 1992: The PKK attacks a vehicle carrying civilians, leaving 19 people dead.
May 23, 1992: The PKK kills 2 children and 2 women and heavily wounds 2 others in the village of Dumanli, Sirnak.
June 11, 1992: Thirteen people shot to death in a vehicle stopped by PKK terrorists in the Tatvan district of the Bitlis province.
June 22, 1992: The PKK kills 10 people including children in a raid on the houses of 2 village guards in the village of Seki, Batman. A one-month-old baby was among the victims.
June 27, 1992: The PKK kills 10 civilians praying at a mosque in the village of Yolac in Silvan, Diyarbakir.
Oct. 1, 1992: Raiding the village of Cevizdali in the Bitlis province, PKK members kill 30 people, including women and children, and wound 25 others.
Nov. 11, 1992: PKK members raid the Hani district of Diyarbakir, killing 12 people including 4 children and 4 women, and wounding 3 others.
May 24, 1993: The terrorist PKK kills 33 unarmed privates in the vicinity of Bilaloglu along the Bingol-Elazig highway.
June 30, 1993: Seven civilians killed by PKK terrorists in the Hamzabey district of Mardin.
June 5, 1993: In the village of Basbaglar in the Kemaliye district of Erzincan, PKK terrorists kill 28 people, including women, and wound 3. They set fire to 57 houses in the village.
June 18, 1993: PKK members kill 24 people including 14 children in Sunduz in the Van province.
Oct. 21, 1993: A total of 24 innocent civilians killed by PKK terrorists in the village of Derince, Siirt.
Oct. 25, 1993: PKK terrorists kill 4 teachers and a 2-year-old girl in the Yolalan district of Bitlis province.
Jan. 21, 1994: The PKK stops 2 passenger buses in the Maden district of Elazig, forcing 8 people out and shooting them to death. The same day, the PKK kills 21 people, including 11 children in the villages of Ormancik and Akyurek in Mardin.
Sept. 11, 1994: PKK terrorists shoot to death 6 teachers in the Darikent district of the Tunceli province.
Oct. 11, 1994: PKK terrorists kidnap 5 teachers in the Katranli and Taskesen districts of the Erzurum province, and kills 4 of them.
Nov. 4, 1994: Blocking the road in the Savur district, 40 km from Mardin, PKK terrorists force 4 teachers out of their cars and shoot them to death.
Jan. 1, 1995: Twenty civilians, most of them children, women, or the elderly, killed by the PKK in the village of Hamzali in Kulp, Diyarbakir.
March 19, 1995: A convoy of 50 vehicles traveling from Tunceli to the Ovacik district attacked with rocket launchers by PKK terrorists. Eighteen soldiers martyred and 10 are wounded.
July 24, 1995: Crossing from Iran into Turkey, a group of 150 PKK terrorists fire rockets at houses in the village of Akdogu in Gurpinar, Van. The terrorists kill 12 people, 7 of them women and children, and seriously injure 13 others.
Sept. 5, 1995: PKK terrorists shoot 9 mineworkers. Eight die, while one survives with injuries near the village of Seldiren in Samandag, Hatay.
April 23, 1996: PKK terrorists shoot to death 3 teachers at a primary school in the Ekinozu district of Kahramanmaras.
June 30, 1996: The PKK commits its first suicide attack on Turkish security forces. Zeynep Kinacı, code-named Zilan, walks into a group of soldiers during a flag-raising ceremony and blows herself up, leaving 8 soldiers martyred.
Aug. 20, 1996: PKK terrorists open fire on 4 vehicles while blocking the road in the Egricimen Highland of Sivas’ Koyulhisar district. The attack leaves 3 innocent people dead and 7 injured.
Aug. 22, 1996: A group of village guards attacked by PKK terrorists with rocket launchers near the village of Orencik in Semdili, Hakkari. The attack leaves 5 people dead, including 3 village guards, and 11 injured.
Sept. 22, 1996: PKK attack on the Corporate Directorate of Etibank Sark Krom Enterprises near the Elazig’s Alacakay district kills 5 people, including 4 security guards. The same day, the PKK blocks the road in the Tatvan district of Bitlis and kills 2 innocent people.
Oct. 25, 1996: A female PKK member commits a suicide bomb attack in front of the Riot Police Branch of the Adana Police Department, killing 4 people, 3 of them police officers, and wounding 12 others.
Oct. 29, 1996: A suicide bomb attack by a female PKK member kills 5 people, including 3 police officers, in Sivas province.
Nov. 8, 1996: PKK militants launch a rocket attack on a vehicle in the village of Koprulu in the Cukurca district of Hakkari. The attack claims the lives of 17 people, 12 of them village guards, and leaves 8 people wounded.
Dec. 15, 1997: PKK members detonate a mine when a vehicle passes by, leaving 12 people dead and 12 wounded.
July 19, 1998: A bomb at the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul’s Eminonu district leaves 7 people, including 3 children, dead and 121 people, 10 of them foreigners, wounded.
Dec. 24, 1998: A female PKK bomber targets a school shuttle, killing a student and wounding 21 others.
July 1, 1999: Four people killed and 2 wounded in a PKK attack on a coffeehouse in the Elazig province.
May 22, 2007: The PKK carries out a suicide bomb attack on Anafartalar Market in Ankara’s Ulus district. Nine people, including 1 Pakistani national, are killed. More than 100 are wounded.
July 27, 2008: Two separate explosives planted by PKK terrorists claim 18 lives, including 5 children, in the Gungoren district of Istanbul. 154 people injured.
June 22, 2010: Four soldiers martyred and one civilian killed when the PKK blows up a military bus in Istanbul’s Halkali district.
Sept. 20, 2011: In Kizilay, Ankara, the PKK kills 3 people and wounds 34 others.
Oct. 31, 2010: 32 people including 15 police officers and 17 civilians injured in a PKK suicide attack in Taksim, Istanbul.
Aug. 7, 2012: PKK members commit a bomb attack on a military vehicle in the Foca district of Izmir. The attack leaves 2 soldiers martyred and 25 others including civilians wounded.
Oct. 6-7, 2014: Across Turkey, protests of the siege of Kobani, Syria lead to the deaths of 33 civilians and two police officers by PKK members. A total of 221 civilians and 139 police officers wounded in incidents which started with the call of People's Democratic Party (HDP) leader Selahattin Demirtas.
July 22, 2015: Police officers Okan Acar, 25, and Feyyaz Yumusak, 24, martyred by PKK terrorists while sleeping in their house in the Ceylanpinar district of the Sanliurfa province. The incident is a milestone in the Turkish government’s efforts against terrorism.
Sept. 8, 2015: PKK terrorists detonate a bomb planted on the road in the Igdir province while a police vehicle passes by. Fourteen police officers martyred and 4 wounded in the attack.
Jan. 18, 2016: Five policemen martyred and 7 others injured in a gun and bomb attack by PKK terrorists in Sirnak province.
Feb 17, 2016: Deadly Ankara blast by PKK during evening rush hour on Merasim Street, close to the Turkish General Staff and parliament buildings. The attack kills 29 people and wounds 61 others.
March 13, 2016: PKK car bomb attack hits a major Ankara public transportation hub, killing 36 and injuring dozens of civilians.
April 1, 2016: Seven police officers martyred and 27 people wounded in a car bomb attack by PKK terrorists targeting a police shuttle in the Diyarbakir province.
April 27, 2016: PKK member carries out a suicide attack on Bursa's historical Ulu Mosque. One person dies, 13 wounded.
May 12, 2016: PKK terrorists detonate a bomb-laden truck in the village of Durumlu in Diyarbakir’s Sur district, reportedly following an argument with a group of villagers who spotted the vehicle and began to chase it. The blast kills 16 people and injures 23 others.
June 7, 2016: PKK terrorists carry out a bomb attack on a police vehicle in Vezneciler, Istanbul. The attack kills 11 victims, including 7 police officers, and wounds 36 people.
June 8, 2016: Car bomb detonated by PKK terrorists outside a police station in the district of Midyat in the southeastern province of Mardin, killing 3 civilians and martyring 2 police officers. Fifty-one people, including 23 civilians, wounded in the attack. A police officer martyred in the attack was pregnant.
July 29, 2016: Eight Turkish soldiers martyred and 25 injured during a clash with PKK terrorists in the Cukurca district of the Hakkari province. PKK terrorists attack the soldiers at a road security checkpoint on a highway.
Aug. 15, 2016: PKK terrorists attack a traffic police station in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, killing 5 police officers and 2 civilians, including a child.
Aug. 17, 2016: PKK terrorists detonate a car bomb near a police station in Van's Ipekyolu district. Two police officers and 2 civilians killed in the attack, and 72 people including 19 police officers wounded.
Aug. 18, 2016: PKK carries out bomb-laden vehicle attack on a police station in the eastern city of Elazig, martyring 3 police officers and wounding hundreds.
Aug. 26, 2016: Eleven police officers martyred when PKK terrorists detonate a bomb-laden truck near a checkpoint in the Cizre district of the Sirnak province. A total of 78 people including a 7-month-old baby, wounded in the attack.
Oct. 9, 2016: Explosives-laden vehicle detonated by PKK members outside a Gendarmerie station in the Semdinli district of the Hakkari province. The attack leaves 18 people, including 8 civilians, dead and 27 wounded.
Nov. 4, 2016: Eleven people, including 2 police officers, martyred and 100 others wounded when a PKK bomb targets a police building in the central district of Baglar in Diyarbakir during the morning rush hour.
Nov. 11, 2016: Derik district governor Muhammet Fatih Safiturk dies in hospital following a bomb attack by PKK terrorists on his office a day earlier in the district of the Mardin province.
Nov. 24, 2016: Two people killed and 33 wounded in a car bomb attack by PKK terrorists in the parking lot of the governor’s office in Turkey’s southern Adana province.
Dec. 10, 2016: Deadly PKK blasts in Istanbul leave 44 dead and dozens of others wounded. A car bomb goes off outside a football stadium in the city's Besiktas district, two hours after the end of a football match. Seconds later, a suicide bomb detonated in Macka Park in the same neighborhood.