A four meter long tunnel allegedly dug by PKK terrorists was discovered in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Monday before the terrorist group could launch a bomb attack.
Diyarbakır gendarmerie forces responded after notice from citizens that led them to the tunnel along the Diyarbakır-Batman highway. The four meter long, 80 centimeter high tunnel was designed to be used for a bombing.
The Diyarbakır governorate issued a statement following discovery of the tunnel. It asserted that counterterror operations against the PKK continue at full steam to "ensure security and peace for citizens in the region." Significant efforts have been exerted in extensive counterterror operations launched after July 2015. Hundreds of thousands of people have had to flee the region due to increasing PKK violence.
The PKK presented a new strategy in the summer of 2015, digging ditches and trenches in southeastern districts. The terrorist group also launched many attacks by detonating roadside bombs on highways. Ditches dug on the streets by the PKK have also had an impact on daily life, with houses and streets heavily damaged because of them. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said Monday that Turkey's determined anti-terror stance will continue against all groups threatening the country's security and stability, and carrying out attacks against its citizens.
"As a result of the coordination between our related units, we are seeing that the terror groups are being cornered. So far this year, 296 very important terror events have been prevented as a result of the coordinated work," Kurtulmuş said in a press briefing. He added that the prevented terror events included car bombings as well as suicide bombings.
A clash between security forces and PKK terrorists left three soldiers dead and another wounded in the southeastern province of Hakkari on Monday, according to a military source. The clash took place amid ongoing security operations in Dağlıca, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media. At least six PKK terrorists were killed in the ongoing air-backed operation, the source added.
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