Arms belonging to PKK found hidden in cemetery in Turkey

Police find large amount of ammunition belonging to terrorist PKK concealed at graveyard in eastern Turkey

Photo by: AA
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Part of the ammunition seized being displayed at the Siirt Police Department in this November 8, 2015 file photo.

Large amount of ammunition belonging to terrorist PKK have been found hidden at a graveyard and inside a shrine in Turkey’s southeastern province of Siirt.

Officers from Siirt Police Department, seized the ammunition in an operation carried out, after a tip was given to the security forces.

According to reports, a rocket launcher, 15 dispatch engines, 8 anti-personnel rocket launchers, seven anti-tank rocket launchers, four Cobra radios, various equipment and as well as 226 bullets were found under the ground by the cemetery wall near the entrance, in Conkbayir neighborhood.

Also, three Kalashnikov rifles, three pump-action rifles, 220 full cartridges were found hidden inside a shrine located in the Seyh Ismail Mosque, in Dumlupinar neighborhood of Siirt.

Siirt Police Department Director Metin Ozkan said in a statement following the discovery, that the ammunition was seized with the help of locals and detailed the efforts of the security officers.

In a separate operation, weapons belonging to the terrorist PKK were found concealed near an elementary school in Siirt.

According to police sources, five Kalashnikov rifles, five hand grenades, five kilograms of C4 explosives, propane cylinders, sacks and oil canisters along with 152 kilograms of ammonium nitrate were found under the stairs on a street near an elementary school.

In the meantime, gendarmerie officers seized large amount of ammunition in operations conducted at three different houses, in Tatvan district of southeastern province of Bitlis.

Three long range weapons, three pistols, four unregistered shotguns, 1,227 Kalashnikov cartridges, 69 M1 infantry rifles, 363 pistol cartridges, two assault vests and one backpack were found in the search.

In Beytussebap district of Sırnak, where security forces have dealt heavy losses to the terrorist PKK, anti-terrorism units discovered two anti-tank mines, one hand bomb, one mortar, one illumination mortar, one RPG-7 rocket warhead. 

Security forces carried out a controlled blast to destroy the ammunition.

The PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO, has killed over 150 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey, since the group’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies