BOMBS DETONATED IN ISTANBUL TAKEN FROM ARSENALS OF INTELLIGENCE STRUCTURES
By H. Chaqrian
AZG Armenian Daily
Same explosives used by Ergenekon
"Azg" Daily dares to express opinion that the explosions, which burst
on July 26 in the Gungoren district of Istanbul, Turkey, and caused
17 people killed and 152 injured, served rather the interests of the
underground "Ergenekon" organization than PKK.
Such point of view is first of all grounded by recent detainment of
89 Turkish citizens under suspicion of involvement in "Ergenekon"
activities. "Ergenekon", that secret extremist terror organization, is
accused by the authorities of Turkey for destabilizing the political
situation in the country, spreading chaos, creating background for
military revolution and exciting the conflicts with Kurds.
Moreover, in case of having organized the explosions, PKK would
have taken the responsibility, otherwise the act of terror becomes
senseless. In the meanwhile "Ergenekon" is not interested in taking
the responsibility for the explosions at all, as it works for at least
discrediting Erdogan’s regime, if not messing up all the Turkish
statehood. Moreover, "Ergenekon" had something to take revenge for
after the mentioned arrests.
In despite of the eagerness of Istanbul Mayor Muammer Guler to asribe
the explosions to PKK, a point of view which fairly coincided with
those of terrorism experts Erdal Sarizbeyki and Ercan Citioglu,
rector of "Bahcesehir" university Deniz Ulkyu Ariboga suggested that
such actions are rather dangerous for the Kurdish organization and
run contrary with its policies. Then the rector suggested that the
explosions might be somehow connected to the "Ergenekon’s" case.
As "Eni Safak" newspaper says, Ariboga’s statement was indirectly
confirmed by terrorism expert Odner Aytac, professor at the Turkish
Police Academy. Examining the PKK-"Ergenekon" connections, the
expert suggested that the two organizations could even cooperate in
realizing the July 26 explosions. Ariboga stated that ascribing the
explosions to PKK at once without due examination of the facts would
be a great mistake.
But the matter is not only about the statements of the experts,
university rector or even the Mayor of Istanbul. The type of the
explosives used, this is what really matters. According to "Zaman",
RDX explosives were used in Istanbul on July 26, which is not a novelty
in Turkey. Why? Because the very same type of explosives were used in
the murders of Bahriye Ucok, Ahmed Taner Kisal, Ugur Mumcu, as well
as in the terror acts in the bazaar of Ankara and Diarbekir school.
Moreover, the Security Court of Turkey wrote to the commission
examining the Ugur Muncu case that the aforementioned type of
explosives is most frequently used by the Turkish secret intelligence
structures. It also came to be known that the same RDX explosives were
used in the Asian part of Istanbul against the demonstrators on May 1,
1996. Former PKK members say that the explosions were plotted by the
intelligence department of the Gendarmerie.
Mentioning all those facts, "Zaman" newspaper wonders why the
explosions were organized. Then Zaman finds the answer to its own
question in the accusatory act against "Ergenekon": "…in order
to weaken the positions of the legitimate authorities, to create
atmosphere of chaos, organize acts of terror, in secrecy obtain
the administrative leverage and come to power against the will of