Footage of Poyrazköy excavation in Turkey relased for first time

The discovery came as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network charged with plotting to topple the government.

Footage of Poyrazköy excavation in Turkey relased for first time

World Bulletin / News Desk

Video footage of an excavation in search of weapons and munitions illegally buried underground in İstanbul's Poyrazköy neighborhood has been made public for the first time.

The footage was first broadcast on the TRT Haber channel.

İstanbul police discovered a wide range of munitions, including hand grenades, light anti-tank weapons (LAWs), rocket launchers, Kalashnikov rifles, assault rifles, thousands of bullets and various other explosives, in Poyrazköy in April 2009.

The discovery came as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network charged with plotting to topple the government.

Teams from the Gendarmerie General Command also joined the excavation.

The footage shows officers searching up to 12 meters below ground and heavy construction equipment digging up areas believed to contain weapons. Also shown in the footage are police officers unearthing weapons and ammunition buried underground.

Ten LAWs, 20 percussion bombs, three other bombs, 250 grams of C4 explosives, 19 emergency flares, 10 hand grenades, 800 G3 bullets and a large number of revolver bullets were found on land owned by the İstek Foundation in Poyrazköy. The land and the foundation belong to Ergenekon suspect and former İstanbul Mayor Bedrettin Dalan, who is currently at large and believed to be abroad.

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