Legendary PKK commander Mahsum Korkmaz remembered
On 28 March 1986, the legendary guerrilla commander Mahsum Korkmaz (Nom de Guerre: Egîd) fell a martyr.
On 28 March 1986, the legendary guerrilla commander Mahsum Korkmaz (Nom de Guerre: Egîd, Brave) fell a martyr with a group of comrades in clashes with the Turkish troops in Gabar on 28 March 1986. Since that day, Commander Egîd took his place in the heart of the people of Kurdistan and his legendary stance is remembered at every occasion.
It was under his command that the Kurdish guerrillas carried out the first attack against the Turkish occupation forces on 15 August 1984 in Eruh, thus initiating the armed liberation struggle.
Four years ago, to commemorate Commander Egîd, a blacksmith in Kobanê made a special sculpture. The statue is made of iron and reproduce Commander Egîd in his uniform. He is holding a Kalashnikov and his face is looking up. The statue represents victory and prevision.
Mahsum Korkmaz is said to have been buried in the mass grave in Newala Kesaba, near Siirt. There, thousands used to go to pay tribute to the great commander.