One police officer and two civilians were killed, while 73 more were injured, in a car bomb attack allegedly conducted by the outlawedKurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the İpekyolu district of the eastern province of Van late on Aug. 17. PKK militants attacked the April 2 Police Center and Lodgings in İpekyolu with a bomb-laden car which they parked near the building before detonating it remotely. Police officer Hacı Ahmet Öztürk was killed, along with two civilians whose names have not yet been disclosed, in the attack, which could be heard from various areas of the district.
Meanwhile, 73 people, 20 of whom are police officers, were also wounded in the explosion.
While the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals, the street in front of the police center and lodgings was closed to traffic.
An air-supported operation was subsequently launched to apprehend the militants, with police catching one suspected perpetrator, M.O.
In addition, an armed attack on a police station in the Şemdinli district of the eastern province of Hakkari wounded two police officers early on Aug. 18.
The attack occurred early in the morning and was reportedly conducted by PKK militants with long-barreled weapons. The officers were wounded in an exchange of fire that began afterwards.
While the wounded officers were taken to Şemdinli public hospital, an operation was launched to apprehend the militants.