Around 120 kg of explosives found in Turkey’s Tunceli

Turkish security forces find a 120 kg remote-controlled bomb planted on a road in eastern province of Tunceli

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish security forces, on Tuesday found a homemade 120-kilogram remote-controlled bomb planted on a road in Turkey's eastern province of Tunceli.

The officers discovered the bomb planted on road lying on the ground 15 kilometres from the city center while they were on patrol.

After being notified, the Tunceli provincial gendarmerie command was dispatched to the scene with armoured vehicles and a bomb squad to destroy the device.

The first examination indicated that the bomb weighed around 100 kilograms.

Officials launched an investigation immediately to identify who planted the homemade explosive.

Last year, a remote-controlled bomb exploded in the same area while Tunceli Gendarmerie Regiment Commander Colonel Yurdakul Akkus was driving by.

No casualties happened thanks to Akkus being 200 metres away from the scene.

Armed attack on police station in Istanbul

Meanwhile, an armed attack was carried out on Tuesday on the Gazi Police Centre in the Sultangazi District of Istanbul.

Around 11 bullets shot from long barreled weapons hit the police station's building, while no casualties or injuries were reported.

“An investigation has been launched into the incident and the search for the assailant or assailants continues,” police officials said following the incident.

Crime scene investigation teams conducted a detailed search for evidence in the area, as police increased security measures.

Gaziosmanpasa District Governor Yasar Karadeniz paid a visit to the police center after the attack and received information on the incident.

Security officials say that armed members of the outlawed Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP) attacked the Gazi police station in the Eyup district. 

A far-left group called the Socialist Youth Association Federation (SGDF) praised the attack on its official Facebook page. It also accused the government of being linked to the suicide attack in the Turkish town of Suruc on Monday, and promised to seek revenge.

Members of the association were meeting in Suruc when a suicide bomber killed 32 people affiliated with SGDF. 

The suspect of the suicide attack is determined to have been linked with ISIS, according to Turkish officials. 


TRTWorld and agencies