Sixty tonnes of explosives belonging to PKK found in Bitlis

Turkish security forces find estimated 60 tonnes of handmade explosives in anti-terror operations against outlawed PKK targets in Turkey’s southeastern province of Bitlis

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A hidden explosive stash being exploded by security officers after taking necessary safety measures in this September 11, 2015 dated photo.

Turkish security forces found an estimated 60 tonnes of handmade explosives on Friday in anti-terror operations into outlawed PKK targets located in Tatvan district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Bitlis, the office of the governorate announced on Friday night. 

In the statement issued, Bitlis Governorate said that the handmade explosives were hidden under the ground in massive holes digged by PKK terrorists and planned to be used in attacks against Turkey’s military and civilians.

The stash was destroyed on the scene in a controlled explosion by police after necessary safety measures were taken, also said the statement.

Also on Friday, at least 50 members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), announced that they will serve as "human shields" against security operations of police officers targeting PKK camps and storage facilities located on the mountainside near Tatvan.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s gendarmerie units seized 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate on Sept. 10, a chemical used in explosives, allegedly being supplied to the outlawed PKK in southeastern province of Mardin.

Following an operation, 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in 400 onion sacks were seized by security forces in a shed near the Diyarbakir-Mardin highway while the landowner of the area was taken for inquiry.

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 the 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 PKK terrorists.

PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US and NATO, is responsible of killing at least 24 civilians and a total of 113 Turkish security officials in many terror attacks since renewing its offenses against the Turkish state.

TRTWorld, AA