Armed men attacked two villages in Tunceli
Two villages in the eastern province of Tunceli were attacked today. The latest target was a private chrome mining company in Kırklare, a village in the Pulumur district.
The armed attackers burned the worksite building and six vehicles without injuring anyone, before kidnapping a number of workers.
The Tunceli Gendarmerie Regional Command immediately sent Sikosky choppers to the area for a rescue operation. It is not yet known whether the attackers are linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Earlier in the day, another village in Pulumur was attacked by an unidentified person or persons. Assailants fired on houses randomly with Kalashnikovs, but no injuries were reported. Security forces were dispatched to the village.
Meanwhile, a group of militants kidnapped the supervisor of a military construction project in the eastern province of Tunceli, after setting fire to his pickup truck.
Gendarmerie Special Forces teams are conducting a rescue operation to find the man, who has been identified as Abdullah Basyigit, and the five militants who kidnapped him. The incident took place in Kaymaztepe, a village in the Pulumur district, on June 25.
The militants are linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Dogan news agency reports claim. Separately, in another eastern province, Erzurum, four trucks and a heavy construction vehicle were set alight by unknown people on the night of June 25.
After the attacks, Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that these attacks were intended to disrupt the Peace Process and warned the Turkish people of conspiracies.