ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkey's southeast is dominated by the Kurdish population. In addition, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Ankara, has a strong presence there. Turkish authorities claim that recent deadly attacks, including the latest in Istanbul, might have links to the PKK.
"Curfew has been introduced in the city of Sirnak, and seven districts in the southeast," Ala said while speaking at his ministry.
On Saturday, an explosion occurred at the central Istikal street in Istanbul, killing at least five people, including a suicide bomber, and injuring 36 others. The attack was carried out to a Daesh-linked suicide bomber, while five people were arrested over links to the attack.
Earlier this month, a car bomb exploded at a bus stop in central Ankara, leaving at least 37 dead and over 120 injured. According to the Turkish authorities, PKK-linked Seher Cagla Demir was one of those behind the terrorist act.