Turkish security forces on Saturday, December 4, defused an explosive device in the city of Siirt in the southeast of the country. The head of state Recep Tayyip Erdogan had arrived here to participate in a rally of his supporters. This was reported by the newspaper Cumhuriyet.
The remote-controlled bomb was found thanks to the vigilance of law enforcement officials. As the newspaper notes, a police officer, who was involved in providing security at the rally, noticed it under his car on his way to work. This happened shortly before the speech of the head of state.
A bomb squad arrived on the scene and defused the explosive device. Police are searching for the suspects.
According to Son Dakika, citing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the device was attached to the personal vehicle of a police officer working in the city of Mardin. It was to be detonated when the policeman arrived in Siirt.
Siirt is located in southeastern Turkey. Most of its population is Arab and Kurdish. Erdoğan once ran for Prime Minister in Siirt’s constituency.