Turkish Security HQ in Cizre Destroyed in Bomb Attack

The Turkish military HQ of special operations police, police intelligence and riot police directorate were completely destroyed as a result of a bombing in Cizre’s Konak neighborhood Friday morning.

While local sources report that dozens of police were killed and dozens of others wounded in the action, Turkish official sources report 11 police dead and 78 wounded.

It is thought the attack was carried out with a truck-bomb by the People’s Defence Forces (HPG) guerrillas of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK).

More than 300 civilians were killed by Turkish state forces in Cizre in the past year, at least 100 of them burned in basements.

UPDATE:  A broadcast ban has been issued on this morning’s bombing in Cizre which targeted three police targets in the Konak neighborhood.

The broadcast ban by the Turkish Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTÜK) was reportedly issued to hide the losses suffered by Turkish police forces.

UPDATE: People’s Defence Forces (HPG) guerrillas of the PKK have claimed the attack and said it was a ‘sacrificial action’ against the continued isolation of their leader Abdullah Öcalan.

The statement also claims that “tens of police” died in the attack.

Source : http://www.kurdishquestion.com/article/3387-turkish-security-hq-in-cizre-destroyed-in-bomb-attack

C. Kistler

Also editor of Nouvelle Turquie.