Terrorist attacks in Turkey: Three blasts in Turkey kill at least 12, government pledges "fierce response"

19:42 Aug. 18, 2016

Three blasts in Turkey kill at least 12, government pledges "fierce response"

Turkish authorities search outside a damaged building after an explosion in Elazig, eastern Turkey, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 (AP photo)

Turkish officials blame Kurdish People's Party for the attacks

Turkish PM Binali Yıldırım has pledged a "fierce response" to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is told to be responsible for accelerated attacks on both security forces and civilians. At the moment of publishing the article the death of at least 12 people and injuring hundreds of others in three separate attacks during less than 24 hours is confirmed, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his turn claimed, that the recent PKK attacks were caused by the followers of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based preacher, who was blamed by Turkey officials to be the main suspect behind the July 15 coup attempt.

Three officers were killed and 217 people, including 85 police officers and 60 civilians, were wounded in a PKK attack in Elazıg province early on August 18. A bomb-laden car coming from the west was detonated in front of the building. 14 persons remain in a critical condition in hospitals, two of them are police officers.

Later one police officer and two civilians were killed, while 73 more were injured, in a car bomb attack in the Ipekyolu district of the eastern province of Van late on August 17. Police Center and Lodgings in Ipekyolu were also attacked with a bomb-laden car, parked near the building and detonated remotely. 20 wounded among 73 are police officers.

Five soldiers and one village guard were killed and six soldiers were wounded on August 18 in a PKK attack in the Hizan district of the eastern province of Bitlis. Terrorists detonated a hand-made explosive placed on a road near the Gayda village while military vehicles were passing the scene at around 1 p.m. Also village guard was killed and one soldier was wounded during clashes with PKK militants in the rural areas of Nazar village.

Read also Reuters: Turkey's Erdogan stages mass rally in show of strength after coup attempt

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