Early on May 21, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense announced that two of its military bases in the eastern region had been attacked.
In a statement, the ministry said that armed drones had targeted the Command of Unmanned Aerial Systems in the province of Batman and the Command of the armed forces’ 23rd Infantry Division in the province of Şırnak. According to the ministry, both attacks were foiled.
“No damage or casualty were sustained thanks to the attention of our units’ personnel and the measures taken,” the statement reads.
Local sources in Batman and Şırnak reported hearing a number of explosions, which may have been caused by Turkish air-defense fire.
Earlier this week, two drones attacked an air base in the southern Turkish province of Diyarbakir. Back then, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), designated by Turkey as a terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Kurdish guerrilla group carried out similar attacks against Turkey in the past using commercially-bought drones which were modified by its experts. The two new attacks may be a response by the PKK to the Turkish military’s operations in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
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