Two suspicious packages discovered in a Nicosia waste bin were found to contain 12 sticks of dynamite bound together.
At a time when hopes for a solution are increasing, on a day when a protest march was planned to demonstrate against the terror acts in Turkey, ahead of a bi-communal concert, Nicosia woke to the news of a suspected bomb threat. This is the same story we heard during the Annan plan period, ‘Kibris Postasi’ comments.
The devices were immediately disabled by the TRNC police bomb squad after two Turkish Cypriot municipality workers in North Nicosia, called the police when they discovered the suspicious looking packages wrapped in a TRNC flag.
Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ reports that President Mustafa Akinci, following his briefing at the TRNC Assembly answered questions from the press regarding the incident. He stressed that only peace and prosperity is desired in the TRNC and not violence. Noting that the incident should be investigated thoroughly and was not to be taken lightly, Akinci said: “If there are people who believe they can achieve their goals through violence, they should cease doing so”.
On the same issue, the mayor of North Nicosia Mehmet Harmanci, said that this incident may be part of an effort by some groups to create fear in the community.
Columnist Hasan Hasturer, in his daily column in Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris Gazetesi’ asks where the dynamite had come from. There are only two places in the TRNC that explosives can be found – the army and the quarries. Hasturer believes that the armed forces are carrying out a detailed inspection of all weapons and arms. “If there is a fault in the system, then it means that the situation is serious and it should be investigated,” he adds.
Hasturer notes that the quarries get permission from the Geology and Mineral department in order to import explosives. When they run out, they apply for more, but there is no control in the stock. He adds: “I tried to gather information before writing this article. I talked to some workers at the quarries and it seems that there is no serious control”.
Kibris Postasi, Afrika, Kibris Gazetesi