The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has released a statement about the recent bomb attack in southeast Turkey, claiming 83 police officers were killed.
The written statement by the militant group’s armed wing, the People’s Defence Forces (HPG), said the attack on 11 April targeting a police station was carried out through a 90m tunnel using two and half tonnes of explosives.
Turkish authorities claimed that a police officer and two administrative clerks working in the police station had been killed.
However photos in the media showed a very large area completely destroyed, leading to speculation that Turkish authorities were trying to cover up the incident ahead of the country’s referendum.
The country’s Interior Minister, Suleyman Soylu, initially claimed the explosion had occurred due to a malfunction during repairs on an armoured police vehicle but later confirmed that a tunnel had been discovered and that it had been a “terrorist attack.”
The HPG statement said that a 90m tunnel had been dug under the building housing the centre for riot police, anti-terror police and intelligence officials.
The group, which has not carried out any attacks in urban areas recently, claimed that while 83 police officers had been killed, 110 were injured.
Turkey has vowed to “eradicate” the group and has refused calls for a return to negotiations. Turkish officials have said military incursions into Syria and Iraq are to be expected.