88 assassination guns found buried in cornfields in Mardin

The Mardin Police Department seized a total of 88 long-barreled weapons along with binoculars and ammunition belonging to terrorists over the weekend.

Short-range, long-distance and night-vision guns and mounted binoculars that belong to terrorists were discovered buried in the corn fields of Şırnak’s Silopi district, according to intelligence received by the Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime teams of the Mardin Police Department.

According to police, the weapons were smuggled from northern Iraq to members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in a rural area of Şırnak known to be a PKK stronghold. Mardin Governor Turhan Ayvaz and Mardin Police Chief Mustafa Aygün, who provided journalists with information regarding the weapons, said these guns were the type of weapons used for assassinations.

They added that the discovery of these weapons was a large blow to terrorist operations.

Ayvaz said that three people had been detained in the ongoing investigation. According to police, a wounded terrorist and bomb expert was detained in the district of Derik.

The discovery of the weapons comes after the killing of 24 soldiers in Hakkari’s Çukurca district two weeks ago in a series of attacks by the PKK.



30 October 2011, Sunday / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL