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At least seven security personnel were killed after a powerful explosion ripped through an area close to the town center in the eastern province of Tunceli at around 6 p.m. today.
 
The explosion occurred as an armored military vehicle was passing through a main street in the city's Atatürk neighborhood, broadcaster CNNTürk reported. A plume of smoke could be seen from most parts of the city as the armored vehicle, the apparent target of the attack, and a civilian car caught on fire, a reporter from the Doğan News Agency told CNNTürk anchor Nevşin Mengü. The sound of the explosion could be heard from around the city, Doğan’s reporter added, attesting to the power of the blast.
 
Security forces arriving at the scene came into contact with suspected militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), resulting in a clash. One militant was reportedly killed in the clash.
 
Ambulances carried an unknown number of injured people taken to Tunceli State Hospital as firefighters tried to extinguish the blaze. 

'Dersim not bowing down to PKK'
 
Main opposition Republican People's Party’s (CHP) Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün, who was recently kidnapped and held hostage for two days by the PKK, told Şenay Yıldız in an interview on CNNTürk yesterday that the PKK was trying pressure Tunceli residents into submitting to its rule.

Aygün had previously said "the PKK is trying to destroy commercial activities in Dersim," on the microblogging site Twitter. The lawmaker said the PKK was implementing a wave of pressure on Tunceli locals after the local eloctorate elected CHP deputies and were not falling into line with the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). "Dersim is not bowing down to the PKK," he said.

Dersim is the former name of Tunceli and is still commonly used.

"The PKK's aim is to found its own state," Aygün told CNNTürk. "But the people of Dersim are showing resistance to the PKK's forced policies ... so, the PKK is now making them pay for it."

The PKK is sending out the message of "you either accept my sovereignty or leave Dersim," according to Aygün. The lawmaker said that the militant group conducted acts of punishment including exile, torching commercial vehicles, shops and businesses and extortion under the guise of taxes during the 1990s, forcing Tunceli locals out of the city. "Today, they still collect taxes from local businesses," Aygün said.

The recent assassination of a public prosecutor in Tunceli was also a part of PKK's efforts at trying to subdue the population, Aygün said. "It is pathetic to attack a defenseless man from behind, a man who is loved by Dersim locals."

The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.


September/25/2012

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hisham majed

9/26/2012 11:54:57 PM

Aryeh... First of all Hizbullah are NOT terrorists!!!! They are a Brave Lebanese resistance movement regardless of what the US and others Label them. If you analyse US foreign policy and US actions over the last decade you will concluded that in actual fact it is the US that is causing Terror. 9/11 inside Job, Fake Iraqi WMD's, Support of Israel using Illegal weapons in Gaza and Lebanon, Support for oppressive Arab despots. Real life is contrary to a Hollywood movie. USA are not the good guys.

Aryeh Rapaport

9/26/2012 9:08:45 PM

Hisham-"Divide and Conquer (Sunni v Shiite) is working a right treat for the West" ? So Americas, "West" is to blame for everything in ME? Is it impossible to believe people want freedom, equality, justice, security? There are ISSUES in Arab world!!! "Preoccupy the Muslims while we steal their land, resources" Who stealing Muslim land, resources? America pays for every drop of oil it gets. America is not a colonizer! But a partner for every peace loving being supports freedom & equal rights!

Aryeh Rapaport

9/26/2012 7:29:21 PM

Hisham, you mention Iran is a "country based on principles and faith" then why does he support Assad a secularist and promoter of secularism? Can any leader with principles or faith support Assad while he tortures, kills, rapes men, woman and children? What backward, evil faith is this? Blowing up innocent civilians in a coffee shop, bus, hotel, bazar? Is there justification for all this in faith? We are not stupid- you can call it - Irans national strategic interest.-- Just say it!!

Murat

9/26/2012 7:24:07 PM

I ask myself, what would Ataturk do?

Aryeh Rapaport

9/26/2012 7:20:40 PM

Hisham, "supports its allies regardless of consequences" - A responsible country should consider its actions consequences to best lead their people. Being partners with Hamas, Hezbollah, Assad at a time when US strategy is fighting terror- is not wise. "Turkey was tricked by Arab and Western states to bring down the Assad regime" Turkey was not tricked!! Erdogan called Assad a dear friend, brother months after killing began. Erdogan can no longer look in the mirror as more bodies pilled up.

constantinos kio

9/26/2012 2:49:07 PM

@ truth teller . numbers never make mistakes . simple

hisham majed

9/26/2012 1:55:57 PM

Truth Teller....Thank you for the Statistics. There is no doubt that Islam is in shambles at the moment. Some of the causes are due to infiltrations and also puppet Arab leaders. The good old method of Divide and Conquer (Sunni v Shiite) is working a right treat for the West. Preoccupy the Muslims while we steal their land and resources. Any resistance will be met by the powerful media propaganda machine, assassinations, sanctions, threats of war and internal terrorist attacks. Have a nice day.

Truth Teller

9/26/2012 11:26:48 AM

Honorable hisham majed the fact is - “some 11,000,000 Muslims have been violently killed since 1948, of which 35,000, or 0.3 percent, died during the sixty years of fighting Israel, or just 1 out of every 315 Muslim fatalities. In contrast, over 90 percent of the 11 million who perished were killed by fellow Muslims.” Have a nice day.

hisham majed

9/26/2012 7:33:05 AM

Aryeh, Iran has proved itself once again, it stands strong and supports its allies regardless of consequences. Its a country based on principles and faith. It stood strong in 2006 and now again in 2012. Turkey was tricked by Arab and Western states to bring down the Assad regime. It is evident that the plan is failing. Turkey has dug a deep hole for itself. Where are Turkey's 'Allies'. Where are Turkeys allies when it needs them. They even refuse to help it with the refugee problem.

Murat

9/25/2012 10:35:30 PM

They will not be happy until people start lynching Kurds they get their hands on. Shame on Kurdisih leaders who sit and wait on the sidelines in the shadow of the Kurdish Osama.
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