Five soldiers wounded in roadside bomb attack in SE Turkey

Five soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb attack in the southeastern province of Tunceli, daily Hürriyet reported on its website Wednesday.

Soldiers were en route to respond to a kidnapping and arson attack by alleged members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, near the Pülümür district in Tunceli.

PKK members barricaded the road between Tunceli and Erzincan provinces near Pülümür district and kidnapped a village guard named İsmail Gürbüz. The militants also took two petrol tankers to a nearby avalanche tunnel and set them on fire, causing extensive damage to the tunnel.

The report said the PKK members also stole numerous vehicles that could be used in possible attacks in the future.

Vehicle burnings

Around 10 militants wearing military uniforms forced two trailer trucks to stop near the village of Suveren in Iğdır by shooting at their tires. The two truck drivers, Adem Yılmaz and Yusuf Demir, were forced to leave the vehicles, after which the militants set fire to the trucks. The militants eventually released the two drivers who made their way to a gendarmerie post by hitchhiking. The two trucks were carrying a load of beans from Uzbekistan to the southern province of Mersin.

Another engineering vehicle and a pickup truck were also set on fire by alleged PKK members around 11 a.m. on Tuesday on the outskirts of Mount Ararat in the same province.

A truck carrying construction materials to the Yeniyazı gendermarie outpost in the southeastern province of Bingöl was set on fire on Sept. 17.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet