Minibus loaded with 1 ton of explosives found in southeast
DİYARBAKIR – Doğan News Agency
DHA photoPolice in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır discovered a minibus loaded with one ton of explosives in the province’s Ergani district on late June 20.
The explosives in the minibus, which was carrying a fake plate, were deactivated by bomb experts after police teams evacuated nearby houses and blocked the entrances and exits to the neighborhood of the scene.
The vehicle was taken to a police station, while an investigation was ongoing.
Meanwhile, a curfew was declared early on June 21 in 25 Diyarbakır villages located within the Lice, Hani, Silvan and Hazro districts, as security forces initiated a wide-scale operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the region.
As part of the operation, armored vehicles and professional teams were dispatched to the area.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), meanwhile, carried out aerial operations against PKK targets in rural areas of Lice and northern Iraq’s Kandil, Sinat and Haftanin regions late on June 20, according to a statement posted on its official website.