Police dig out 15 kgs of hidden explosives

Police dig out 15 kgs of hidden explosives

ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency
Police dig out 15 kgs of hidden explosives

Officers participate in exacavations in Bayrampaşa, where the explosives were found. AA photo

Anti–terror police yesterday uncovered 15 kilograms of plastic explosives buried in a field near the Esenler Bus Terminal in Istanbul’s Bayrampaşa district, upon information gathered from a suspected member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Units from the intelligence and anti–terror departments of the Istanbul Police participated in simultaneous excavations launched in the districts of Bayrampaşa and Sarıyer, according to the Doğan news agency.
The A4 plastic explosives uncovered by the police were factory–made and contained inside a black bag, reported the Anatolia news agency.

Police units failed to find anything in the excavations taking place in Sarıyer’s Zekeriyaköy and Demirciköy neighborhoods and subsequently ended all the work there to continue the digging today, Doğan news agency reported.

Another three suspects thought to be partners in crime with the confessor who spoke to the police about the location of the explosives are also reportedly in custody.

It was not the first time explosives were found in excavations in Istanbul. Officials unearthed five hand–grenades underneath the Rıdvan Dedeoğlu Bridge in Ataşehir last December. Another dig in Başakşehir led to the discovery of seven kilograms of C4 explosives in January.