An explosive device was planted under the car of a police officer seconded to protect Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during Saturday’s rally in Siirt in the east of the country. The bomb was disarmed, Turkish services informed.
The explosive device was discovered in the town of Nusaybin in the Mardin province on the border with Syria. The car, under which the bomb was placed, belonged to a police officer delegated to work in security services at a rally attended by President Erdogan in Siirt. The policeman was to drive about 200 km to take up his duties on Saturday afternoon. The bomb was disarmed, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported late Saturday evening, citing the Turkish police. At the same time, an investigation was launched to identify the perpetrators.
Information released late
Vice-chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), President Erdogan’s parent party, Hamza Dag told reporters that the police had deliberately delayed the disclosure of information on the charges placed to avoid civil unrest. During his speech in the city of Siirt, Recep Tayyip Erdogan made no reference to the issue of the security threat in any way – the information about the bomb appeared in the media only hours after the meeting ended. On the other hand, he spoke about the sell-off of stocks, indices and commodities that hit Turkey in connection with the dramatic collapse of the Turkish lira. He argued that the period of economic instability, sudden increase in inflation and weakening of the national currency “would soon be a thing of the past”.
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