No Georgian casualties after Turkey terrorist attacks

Two separate terror attacks in Turkey late yesterday claimed eight lives and left dozens injured. Photo by, 11 Aug 2016 - 12:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

Two separate terrorist attacks in Turkey yesterday claimed several lives but none of them were Georgian citizens, say official sources.

A statement released this morning by Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said no Georgians were reported to have died in the two terror attacks yesterday in southeast Turkey, in which eight people died and injured dozens more.

Several hotline numbers have been set up for Georgian citizens in Turkey who need assistance or extra information.

The Ministry said Georgian diplomatic representations in Turkey were working 24 hours a day to provide help to Georgian citizens in Turkey. If such people needed assistance they could phone several hotline numbers: +90 533 690 30 40 (Ankara), +90 541 326 22 26 (Trabzon), or +90 541 818 44 00 (Istanbul). 

The Consulate Department of Georgia’s Foreign Ministry was also operating extra hours to provide extra support.

The Consulate Department has also set up a hotline (+995 32) 294 50 50 and this was available during working days from 9am to 7pm, while after 7pm and during the weekends people can phone the Department on (+995) 577 98 40 20, at any time day or night. 

Eighth people including several police officers were killed while more than 30 others were injured in two separate terror attacks late yesterday. 

Turkey’s Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan told media the Kurdistan’s Workers’ Party (PKK) was responsible for the two attacks.

The Minister reported at least four people were killed and 30 others were wounded, including five police officers, when a homemade roadside bomb exploded in the southeastern Mardin province late yesterday.

In another attack last night in Diyarbakir province four civilians were killed and five police officers were wounded. 

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States, resumed its 30-year armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.

Since then more than 600 security personnel including soldiers, police officers and village guards have been killed while and more than 7,000 PKK terrorists have been killed in various operations across Turkey and northern Iraq, reported.