Police thwart bomb attack in Turkey
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News | 8/13/2010 12:00:00 AM |
A shopping bag filled with explosives was found Friday near the Ankara Police Department in the capital city’s İskitler neighborhood. (UPDATED)
A shopping bag filled with explosives was found Friday near the Ankara Police Department in the capital city’s İskitler neighborhood.
The discovery came amid heightened police alertness against potential violence by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, before the anniversary Sunday of the group’s first attack in 1984.
Ankara police were called to a gas station 100 meters from the police headquarters, where they found three and a half kilograms of C-4 explosives. Security forces determined that the shopping bag contained a remote-controlled cluster bomb, which was defused following the necessary safety precautions.
Footage from nearby security cameras is being examined to try and determine the party responsible for dropping off the bomb. Security measures were intensified around the entire city, especially around state buildings, the metro and malls.
Five Turkish soldiers were meanwhile wounded in the southeastern province of Hakkari when their convoy came under attack by alleged members of the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
An operation was launched in the area following the late-night attack. The wounded soldiers are recovering at the Hakkari Military Hospital.