Police found seventeen highly explosive pipe-type bombs in a house on Wednesday after conducting an operation in the Baglar district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir, the province’s governorate has announced.
A counterterrorism team conducted a search on the house after a 23-year-old militant from the outlawed PKK was caught with high-intensity explosives in his backpack by security forces on Monday.
According to the governorate, the pipe bombs found in the house had the same structure as three highly explosive bombs which had been found on the PKK terrorist on Monday.
The governorate confirmed that the suspect was taken to the anti-terrorism unit and an investigation had been launched.
The initial inquiry suggested that the seized bombs were to be used in possible attacks in social events and against state agencies and institutions.
Four people were killed and 100 others were injured in Diyarbakir by two simultaneous blasts detonated by a mobile phone at a pre-election rally for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on June 5, just two days before Turkey’s general elections.
Turkish media reported the suspect detained over HDP rally bombing claimed to have links with ISIS in his statement to Turkish police.
The suspect, Orhan Gonder, reportedly said that he joined ISIS in October 2014 following Kurdish riots over Kobane between Oct. 6-7 after he was threatened by the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement (YDG-H), the youth wing of the outlawed PKK.
The events of Oct. 6-7 took place after HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas called his party’s supporters to the streets to rally in support of the northern Syrian border town of Kobane, which was at the time being besieged by ISIS.
The protests triggered attacks on Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) supporters by the YDG-H, which is blamed for the attacks and the deaths of more than 40 people.
The Huda-Par is considered to be a conservative Kurdish movement while the YDG-H is regarded as being a leftwing associate of the HDP.