Teen killed as Turkish protesters clash with police: Reports

A 15-year-old Kurdish teenager died on Sunday night as protesters clashed with police in the city of Adana in southern Turkey, local media reported.

Ankara: A 15-year-old Kurdish teenager died on Sunday night as protesters clashed with police in the city of Adana in southern Turkey, local media reported.

The teen was said to be taking part in a protest against the construction of new military posts in the Kurdish majority region.

The circumstances in which the boy died remain unclear, but the Internet edition of the liberal daily Radikal said that the teenager was hit in the head by a stun grenade thrown by anti-riot police.

The official Anatolia news agency said he died after a homemade explosive device he was handling exploded.

Police fired teargas and used water cannon to disperse the crowds, who had thrown rocks at police, the agency added.
There have been a series of protests against the construction of new army posts in Kurdish-majority areas, seen by some as a threat to the peace process launched in 2012 between the government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers` Party (PKK).

On June 6, two Kurdish protestors died during violent clashes between demonstrators and soldiers in Lice, in the southeastern province of Diyarkbakir, where the Turkish government is building military barracks.
Their deaths led to a series of further protests across the country.