Police says PKK explosives found in truck in eastern Turkey

Security officers says bomb-laden truck carrying 5.5 tonnes of explosives belonging to group affliated with PKK seized in Turkey's Sanliurfa province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Police officers seen investigating PKK-linked explosive materials, September 10, 2015

Turkey's security forces reported to have discovered 5.5 tonnes of explosives concealed behind onion sacks in a loaded-semi in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sanliurfa on Wednesday while they were conducting strict controls following the deadliest terror attack of outlawed PKK in the region since the Suruc suicide bombing attack on July 11. 

Over the incident, two suspects were taken into custody by officials while the explosives were reportedly taken to Tel Abyad which is under the control of PYD, the Syrian wing of outlawed PKK.

The bomb squads applied controlled blasting to small amounts of the explosive to show its brisance.

The policemen captured a huge cache of arms including 2 rocket launchers, 12 antitank rocket launchers and a large amount of ammuniton hidden in a vehicle in southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Wednesday while carrying out anti-terror investigations on outlawed PKK.

Outlawed PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US, and EU and the police forces have been carrying out widespread operations against suspected PKK terrorists along with other outlawed groups in Turkey.

In the meantime, Turkish gendarmerie units seized 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in explosives, allegedly to be supplied to the PKK, on Thursday in southeastern province of Mardin.

The military units in Mardin were dispatched to the area near the Diyarbakir-Mardin highway after receiving a call stating a nearby shed had stored explosives, allegedly used in making bombs for outlawed PKK.

Following a comprehensive search, 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in 400 onion sacks were seized by security forces while the landowner of the area was taken for inquiry.

The security officials also checked the city surveillance cameras for any evidence to figure out who placed the explosives.

Ammonium nitrate is a chemical compound used predominantly in agriculture as a fertilizer but is also used in making IEDs.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have become one of the main tools that outlawed PKK is using in terror attacks across Turkey as the militant group increased its assaults recently.

According to the reports, at least 59 Turkish security officials have been killed in 12 different IED bomb attacks carried out by outlawed PKK.

IEDs have been used for the deadliest terror attacks in Turkey since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), ended ceasefire with the Turkish state on July 11, killing a total of 113 Turkish security officials in various terror attacks and threatening the country with further more.

TRTWorld and agencies