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Iranian Transit Trucks Come under Attack in Turkey Again

17 August 2015 18:05



Several Iranian trucks came under attack after they crossed Bazargan border checkpoint and arrived in Turkey on Monday.

“Fortunately, no one was killed or wounded in the incident, but two trucks and their cargo were completely burnt,” Mohammad Javad Atrchian, a senior official at the Iranian Road Ministry, said on Monday.

This is the second attack of its kind after an Iranian truck was completely burnt in a terrorist attack in Turkey on Wednesday, and it has apparently infuriated people in Tehran as officials have asked Ankara to make up for the losses of the Iranians.

Atrchian said Tehran has asked for compensation from Ankara, and the Turkish ambassador to Tehran has vowed to follow up the case.

He called on Iranian truck and bus drivers to avoid unnecessary trips to Turkey.

On Wednesday, Atrchian noted that Turkey had closed its borders Tuesday night to prevent further damage to Iranian passenger buses and trucks, but Iran still allowed Turkish buses and trucks to cross the border with Iran, explaining that security conditions was fragile only in Turkey and not in Iran.

Last Friday, the PKK terrorists attacked a bus of Iranian tourists in the Turkish province of Van.

The Iranian passenger bus came under the PKK attack in Çaldıran district of Van, the Turkish-language Daily Sabah news website reported.

Meantime, Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Alireza Bigdeli said that no one died during the attack by unknown gunmen on the Iranian passenger bus near the city of Van.

An Iranian national named Davoud Qan has just been wounded, he added.

On July 30, Terrorists attacked the Ankara-Tehran train in Turkey’s Bingol province.

According to Hurriyet daily website, the attack took place in Ganch region of Turkey’s Bingol province and in relation to a mine explosion.

Salim Kusshgar, the governor-general of Bingol province, said that the Ankara-Tehran passenger train, called the Trans Asia Train, was attacked by the PKK terrorist group.

“A number of the train’s wagons were damaged, but the explosion caused no human casualties and the train continued its procession,” he added.

The mine was exploded using a remote control device, Hurriyet wrote.

The PKK has increased its operations inside the Turkish soil after Ankara’s air force attacked the ISIL positions in Syria and Kurdish PKK militants in Northern Iraq on Friday night.

After the attack, an explosion hit the Iran-Turkey natural gas pipeline in the Eastern Turkish province of Agrı last Monday. Iran stopped gas flow to that country immediately after being informed of the incident.

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