Turkey suicide attack – Two soldiers have been killed and 24 wounded in a suicide blast in eastern Turkey.
A vehicle loaded with explosives rammed into a military police station located in Dogubayazit district of eastern Agri province, near Turkey’s border with Iran. The attack happened at around 03:00 local time (00:00 GMT). A suicide bomber drove the tractor carrying two tons of explosives into the military building.
The Turkish authorities have claimed that the militants of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is said to be behind this enormous explosion that badly damaged the building turning it to rubble. None of the militant groups have accepted the responsibility behind such brutal and inhumane attack.
Turkish security forces have been actively carrying out air raids on Kurdish militants bases on both sides of Iraq-Turkey border since July 24. After the recent air strikes, the insurgents have stepped up attacks against the law enforcement agencies in the last few days.
Turkey said the rebel group carried out a number of attacks in the last couple of weeks. A Turkish military man was killed and four others injured when a mine exploded under their convoy on Sunday. In other incidents five people died when a police station and a railway line were targeted.
According to Turkish media, more than 250 Kurdish fighters have been killed in recent strikes in northern Iraq and Turkey. The security forces are also targeting the strongholds of Islamic State group. Turkey considers both PKK and IS terrorist organizations.
Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, was established in 1978 with a mission to form an independent state for the ethnic Kurds within Turkey. Later, the group began an armed struggle. Since then, thousands of people have been displaced and killed due to the conflict. In 2012, the state authorities and the rebel group began peace talks and ceasefire was agreed. IMAGE/AFP/ File image shows a Turkish soldier checking cars at a checkpoint.