Police apprehend five suspected PKK car bomb plotters in Turkey’s Adana
ADANAPolice in the southern province of Adana apprehended five outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) suspects on Oct. 4 as they were allegedly preparing to stage simultaneous car bomb attacks, Doğan News Agency has reported.
Counter-terrorism police raided a junk store in the Ova neighborhood as the suspects were in the final stage of preparation for the attack, seizing 21 kilograms of TNT, one kilogram of C4, two hand grenades, a machine gun and seven capsules.
One of the suspects was identified as İhsan O., a university student in Diyarbakır who arrived in the province two months ago after receiving bomb training, allegedly in Syria.
Another was identified as Mahmut B., a local shopkeeper in the neighborhood.
The two suspects were allegedly scouting potential sites in the city. They had also reportedly received explosives on Sept. 23 to prepare the bomb at the junk store.
Police also detained the other suspects, identified as A.B., Ö.B. and A.B., in the operation before a local court ordered the arrest of all five suspects.
In a separate operation in the Aegean province of İzmir on Oct. 3, police caught one of two fleeing suspects who was being sought over a potential bomb attack in the country’s third largest city.
The fleeing suspect, Ahmet Dündar, was caught in the Karabağlar district on Oct. 3, bringing the number of detained suspects in the operation to nine.
The other suspect was caught in a police operation conducted in a forested area late on Oct. 2.
The suspects had arrived in the province three days ago, allegedly to stage a bomb attack.