The Turkish government assured this Friday that security forces dismantled two model aircraft attack attempts against two military bases in the southeast of the country before adding that the incidents left no victims.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense said through its report on the social network Twitter that the attacks were carried out against a drone base in Batman province and an infantry brigade in Sirnak province. “Thanks to the vigilance of our staff, there was no damage or casualty,” he added.
There is currently no claim to responsibility for these attacks, although the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed on Wednesday that it carried out a similar attack on a Turkish military base in Diyarbakir province, also in the south-east of the country.
The Turkish army has intensified its operations against the PKK in both the country and northern Iraq – where the formation has numerous bases – since the ceasefire between the government and the armed group was broken in July 2015.
Military operations against the PKK were accompanied by a campaign of arrests and convictions against members and supporters of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), the country’s third largest political force.
More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died since the PKK – viewed by the Turkish government as a terrorist organization – took up arms against government troops in 1984.