Gendarmes injured in attacks in eastern Turkey

Bomb-laden van explodes in front of gendarme station in Bitlis province

Gendarmes injured in attacks in eastern Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Attacks by suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants early Saturday left two Turkish gendarmes injured, local officials said.

An explosives-laden van was detonated outside a gendarme station near the village of Kaynarca, just to the south of Lake Van in eastern Turkey, at around 5 a.m.  (0200GMT) causing slight injuries to the gendarmes, the office of Bitlis provincial governor said in a statement.

In another attack, a gendarme station in nearby Cevizyatagi was targeted with rockets and small arms fire. A third incident occurred when a rocket was fired at an armored police vehicle in the town of Tatvan. There were no reported casualties from either incident.

To the north, in Erzurum province, a police station in Pasinler town was also attacked with rockets and small arms. Again, there were no reported casualties.

The incidents follow a deadly attack on Friday night in southeastern Hakkari province that left three soldiers dead and six wounded, according to the Turkish military.

Around 40 security forces personnel have been killed since the PKK - designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the EU and U.S. - renewed its armed campaign following the July 20 Suruc bombing.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Ağustos 2015, 12:01