DBP garbage trucks used in PKK recruitment in Nusaybin

HAZAL ATEŞ
ANKARA
Published 11.04.2016 21:30
Updated 12.04.2016 00:01

PKK terrorists used garbage trucks belonging to the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) regional affiliate Democratic Regions Party- (DBP) run municipalities for recruitment and carrying bombs in the Nusaybin district of southeastern Mardin province, security forces revealed during operations in the conflict-ridden district.

Security forces are continuing operations to purge southeastern provinces, including Nusaybin, of the PKK, which has been supported with recruitment and equipment by the PKK's Syrian affiliate Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Protection Units (YPG) from across the border.

Intelligence reports say that there are nearly 200 buildings where terrorist are hidden, and in order to prevent killing civilians who live in those buildings, operations are carried out slowly and carefully.

Yet both security forces and government officials revealed that assistance is given to the PKK from several PKK-linked municipality staff in some districts.

A recent report by the Prime Ministry in January questioned how these municipalities spend state funds and said that the funds may have been funneled to the PKK, or at least toward support for its propaganda in the region.

The report highlights a bloated rate of personnel the municipalities employ despite little investment in public services, raising suspicion of links between municipality personnel and the PKK.

Southeastern municipalities administered by the DBP have been accused of aiding and abetting the PKK's urban war strategy of digging trenches and establishing roadblocks to claim control of cities. Heavy equipment belonging to municipalities was also put at the disposal of the PKK, according to reports.

According to a report released by the Van Police Department, from Aug. 9 to Aug. 18, 20 cell batteries, 100 kilograms of ammonium nitrate and other chemicals used in bomb-making were found in a truck belonging to Van Municipality.

Previously in southeastern Siirt province, the DBP municipality reportedly dug up roads to enable PKK terrorists to plant mines and paved it afterward so that the mines could be detonated when military vehicles passed by.

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