Militants belonging to the outlawed PKK detonated an IED bomb on Thursday night in Turkey's southeastern province of Bitlis and the resulting explosion injured three civilians in the area.
The IED bomb, a type which is used widely by the PKK in deadly terror attacks, was hidden under a crossing on a Tatvan-Ahlat main road, and targeted an armoured police vehicle.
The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK.
According to witnesses, the main road and part of the bridge was damaged in the severe explosion in which three civilians were injured.
Kıyasettin Ekin, the driver of a pickup truck travelling on the road was injured due to being hit by asphalt pieces in the explosion. Sevdin Akkus, who worked at a nearby stand, was wounded after shrapnel pieces hit him and Hunaf Sevilgen was hospitalized after windows in his house shattered following the explosion.
The injured civilians were taken to Tatvan State Hospital and the road targeted in the attack was closed to traffic as a security measure as a bomb squad searched for any other explosives.
The PKK has renewes terror attacks in Turkey when its umbrella organisation the KCK unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11. Since then attacks by the group have killed nearly 30 civilians and 118 security officers.
In related news, the Kocdagi military unit standing guard at the Iranian border in Baskale district of southeastern Van province was harassed by PKK terrorists with gunfire on Thursday.
In the attack a soldier was injured and an operation to seize the attackers was launched.
In addition, anti-terrorism units in both the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Van seized large amount of ammunition that belonging to the PKK.
In raids carried out by security officers in Diyarbakir’s Baglar district on Sept. 16 - which is a PKK stronghold - a large amount of ammunition was found hidden under a staircase.
The ammunition included hand made bombs, hunting rifles, canisters and various materials used in bomb making.
According to police records, raids carried out in nine houses in Van’s Karsıyaka, Yeni Mahalle and Sabaniye neighborhoods on Sept. 17 resulted in the discovery of arms and ammunition belonging to the PKK.
Police sources said that helicopter surveillance revealed houses that were being regularly used by militants and after the approval of the authorities raids were conducted on those homes.
Long-range weapons, a rocket-launcher, rocket warheads, rocket propelling cartridges, a RPG-7 rocket, four hand-made bombs, muffles, hunter vests, and ammunition clips were among the ammunition found by security officers in these homes.