Two possible PKK-linked suicide bombers were captured by counterterror police units in southeastern Muş province on Thursday, the governorate of the province said yesterday.
In the statement, it indicated that two terrorists, including one woman, were caught en route from southeastern Diyarbakır province to western provinces to allegedly organize suicide bombings and that they wetre arrested for being members of an armed terrorist organization.
Elsewhere in the Ceylanpınar district of southeastern Şanlıurfa, security officers on Thursday night caught eight Syrian nationals from PKK affiliate Democratic Union Party's (PYD) People's Protection Units (YPG) militia and seized 36 kilograms of explosives with 730 bullets for rifles. The suspects said that they had buried explosives and ammunition in three different areas.
Security officers revealed that terrorists, who were referred to court, had illegally crossed the border from the PYD-controlled Rasulayn region.
Ankara has repeatedly voiced its concern over the PYD's affiliation with the PKK and the sharing of logistical information and weaponry between them. It has repeatedly said that Turkey has no problem with the Kurds in Syria but it will not consider the PYD as a legitimate party or representative of Syrian Kurds due to its relations with the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist group by the EU and U.S. Ankara considers the group a threat to national security due to its expansionist policies in northern Syria.
Meanwhile, the PKK targeted a gendarmerie outpost in Diyarbakır's Lice district on Thursday with a car bomb and killed three soldiers, the General Staff said in a statement yesterday.
The statement also said 24 other soldiers were wounded in the attack that targeted the Mermer Gendarmerie Outpost in Lice.The PKK resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015 with announcing that it ended the cease-fire with the state. Since then, around 300 members of the security forces and thousands of PKK terrorists have been killed in operations across Turkey and Northern Iraq.