Serhat Amanos Varto, the spokesperson of the Kurdistan Communities Group (KCK) was confirmed killed in Turkish airstrikes with four other members nearly four months ago by media close to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Wednesday.
Rojnews, a media outlet close to PKK, announced the death of five guerrilla fighters killed including Varto in a Turkish airstrike on March 21. The KCK is an umbrella group of parties close to and including the PKK.
In addition to Varto (Emrullah Dursun), the deceased include PKK members Sinane Sor (Ali Aktash), Navdar Sinegir (Mikail Ozdemir), Serhat Shafak (Vehip Tekin) and Shiyar Farahinin (Celal Ozturk), ANF News another media outlet close to group detailed on Wednesday, citing the Solidarity Committee of the PKK. Party members often use a nom de guerre to obfuscate personal details.
ANF added that notifying the victims’ families has been underway since July 14. The reported message praised the sacrifices for the “struggle” and “the movement” for the Kurdish people resisting.
Turkish jets used precise coordinates supplied by Turkey’s intelligence community in the March 21 airstrikes, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.