Two explosions occurred near a police station in the Yüksekova (Gever) district of Turkey’s south-eastern province of Hakkari (Colemerg) late on Monday, Mezopotamya Agency reports.
Shortly before the explosions, the police blockaded the neighbourhood after an armoured vehicle with special operations police was attacked by gunfire.
The two intermittent explosions occurred near a police station during the police blockade, and several ambulances were dispatched to the area.
After the explosions, the police raided several houses in the neighbourhood and detained a large number of people. It is not yet known how many people were detained or whether there were dead or injured due to the explosions.
The neighbourhood remained under police blockade the following day.
A bomb attack on a police building in the southern Turkish province of Mersin killed a police officer on 26 September.
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu stated that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was responsible for the attack and announced the identity of one of the attackers as Dilşah Ercan, with nom de guerre Zozan Tolan. Turkish police raided Ercan’s family home after the explosions and detained 10 members.
However, on 29 September, the People’s Defence Forces (HPG) claimed responsibility for the attack and announced the name of the militants who carried out the twin bombings as “Sara and Rûken”, differing from the information provided by Turkey’s Interior Ministry.
After the Mersin explosions, the first bomb attack carried out in Turkey in a long time, the discrepancy in the statements of the Interior Ministry sparked discussions between Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Turkey’s main opposition leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), and Soylu.
The Turkish Interior Ministry has not yet issued a statement regarding the explosions in Hakkari.