Five militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who were allegedly plotting a bomb attack have been captured in a police operation in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, Turkey’s interior minister announced.
Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Friday that the police seized numerous guns and explosives during the police raids in various locations in the city.
Yerlikaya, who provided the initials of the five terrorists, said the fight against terrorism will continue until it is eradicated.
BOMBALI TERÖR EYLEMİ HAZIRLIĞINDAKİ 5⃣ TERÖRİST YAKALANDI❗️#Diyarbakır’da ikamet eden ve BTÖ adına KURYELİK yaptıkları tespit edilen R.D., D.D., O.D., F.D. ve R.D. isimli teröristlerin ikametlerinde yapılan aramalarda;
❌PETN patlayıcı madde,
❌roketatar başlığı… pic.twitter.com/jeyZZ7wVic
— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) September 8, 2023
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and much of the international community, has waged an insurgency in Turkey’s southeast since 1984 that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
Yerlikaya was appointed interior minister in a new cabinet announced by re-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in June. He replaced the hawkish Süleyman Soylu, who had been occupying the post since August 2016.