38 detained over deadly attack on aid workers

38 detained over deadly attack on aid workers

VAN- Anadolu Agency
38 detained over deadly attack on aid workers

Turkish security units on May 15 detained at least 38 suspects over alleged links to May 14's deadly terror attack in the eastern province of Van.

Two social workers delivering aid amid the coronavirus outbreak were killed in a terror attack on May 14.

The victims were in Özalp in the Van province when gunmen opened fire with rifles, also wounding a bystander.

According to the provincial governor's office, the vehicle carrying the assailants fled the scene.

In a statement, the Defense Ministry slammed the YPG/PKK terror group for the "treacherous" attack.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

The YPG is the PKK's Syrian branch.

Turkish president condemns PKK attack

Turkey’s president has condemned the attack on May 15. 

"The treacherous attack against Vefa Social Support Group officials carried out by the terrorist group PKK in the Ozalp district of Van yesterday has once again exposed the abhorrent face of the terrorist group trying to hide
behind the curtains," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Twitter.

Erdoğan also wished God's grace on the martyrs from the attack, adding that the PKK will pay the price for it.