Saturday, November 12, 2005

Security services reportedly involved in carrying out bombings in Turkey

Turkey, November 2005:

A bomb went off in a bookstore in Semdinli. Local people broke into the car used to transport the bombers. The occupants of the vehicle turned out to be three Turkish black-op sergeants from the Turkish Intelligence Service. The vehicle was found to belong to the Turkish security forces: Special Operation Team. Automatic weapons, death lists and a map pinpointing the bombed bookstore were found in the vehicle.

The locals found one of the sergeant's military ID. The sergeants were taken by the local police to the local prosecutor. They confessed that they had carried out the attack on the bookstore, which killed one person.They also confessed that they had carried out the bomb attack on 1 November outside a military residency in the city that injured 23 people, among them 3 Turkish police officers, 4 Turkish soldiers and 16 Kurdish civilians.

In 1996 there was a similar case in Turkey: the Susurluk case. A car accident revealed a "wanted" hit man was in the same car with those who were supposed to bring the man to the justice. 14 people including special police teams were brought to court.

Xymphora comments:

It is relatively rare for these black operations to be caught, which may explain why it is so difficult to convince people of how common they are. This is exactly what happened to the two British soldiers in Basra who were caught red-handed trying to create some atrocity which would then be blamed on Iranians or al-Qaeda or local insurgents or whatever group the British had decided to defame.

According to Reuters:

On 10 November 2005 the Turkish media reported that Turkey's security forces appeared to be involved in the bombing of a bookstore in the country's troubled southeast which almost led to their lynching by an angry crowd.

Wednesday's bomb blast in the town of Semdinli near the Iraqi border on Wednesday killed one person and a second was shot dead amid two days of violent protests by local people triggered by the explosion.

"A dark incident," said the top-selling Hurriyet daily in a banner headline, saying suspicions that the security forces were acting outside the law had rattled the Turkish state.

Justice Minister Cemil Cicek vowed to uncover what exactly had happened but urged Turks to await the results of an official investigation.

"We have the political determination to deal with this issue," Cicek said in televised remarks.

Newspapers said three suspects detained by police after their near-lynching had turned out to be intelligence agents of the gendarmerie, a paramilitary body under civilian supervision which is charged with looking after security in rural areas.

The men were quoted as saying they had been passing through the town by chance when the explosion had occurred and the crowd turned on them.

But the newspapers said police had found in the men's car three Kalashnikov assault rifles, two grenades, a detailed map of the province and a map pinpointing the bombed bookstore.

A national police spokesman in the capital Ankara said on Friday police were still holding one suspect over the incident and were examining weapons found at the scene.

Spokesman Ismail Caliskan gave no further details but he urged local citizens not to take the law into their own hands.

"We do not want our public to be provoked. We want them to show commonsense and await the results of the probe," he said.

On Thursday, demonstrators set fire to a police checkpoint, erected barricades and pulled down powerlines in Semdinli in protest against the bombing.


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