PKK suspected of bomb-laden vehicle in Turkey’s southeast

Police detonate bomb-laden vehicle on motorway connecting two provinces in Turkey's southeast

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jan 2, 2016

A bomb-laden vehicle in a suspected PKK attack that was found abandoned on a motorway connecting two provinces, Batman and Diyarbakir, was detonated by police on Friday.

A statement released by the Batman Governor’s office has said that the car suspected to be abandoned on the motorway was a rental vehicle and was exploded by a detonator.

The statement also said police officers noticed the parked car around 9:30am local time (0630 GMT) and discovered large amounts of explosives in the vehicle.

Tekin Yalcin who received a wound to the leg from a shrapnel due to the explosion was taken to the Batman State Regional hospital. A fire also broke out nearby due to the effect of the explosion.

Since the Suruc suicide bombing on July 20, Turkey has witnessed increased “terror attacks” carried out by outlawed PKK. At least 35 Turkish security offcials have been killed by PKK terrorists.

PKK terrorists have burnt private trucks, attacked government buildings and staged countless explosions.

PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU, has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in southeast Turkey, since the early 1980s.

The group was founded by Abdullah Ocalan who was captured in Kenya and has been imprisoned by the Turkish government since 1999.

The conflict between PKK and the Turkish government has claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years.