Turkish PM says all possibilities for power outage, including terror attack, being investigated

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said officials are inspecting all possible causes, including a terror attack, for the electricity cut across Turkey, as power blackouts continue in several provinces including Istanbul and Ankara.

Officials told daily Hürriyet that a technical problem in the system of the Turkish Electricity Conduction Company (TEİAŞ), which operates energy transmission lines, led to the massive outage.

At least 44 provinces throughout Turkey are affected by the outage.

Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said teams are working to determine the cause of the blackout, ruling out claims that the country is suffering an energy shortage.

“I also cannot say whether or not there was a cyber attack,” Yıldız said.

Davutoğlu has said “all possibilities,” including a terror attack, are being investigated.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality announced in a statement that metro and tram services had been halted due to the blackout.

The Energy Ministry has also released a statement, saying a problem has occured with the main distribution lines and the cut is likely to have originated in the Aegean region.

The blackout is the biggest power outage in Turkey in 15 years, energy officials told Hürriyet…

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …top-secret trained(by Mossad) Joooo-ish squirrels eating away at the power line insulators…

    • Petr

      I want a Mossad trained squirrel as a pet.
      Can you imagin the fun of sending it on sabotage covert ops missions against annoying neighbours?

  • simus1

    When Erdogan starts blaming his (IOU overloaded) infidel South Korean bankers under orders from Mossad for all his troubles, it will be a pretty good indicator that all his credit cards are maxed out and the public works patronage party is over.

  • edlancey

    I long for the day when Erdogan is put up against a wall by the army.

    • Petr

      That day will not come, the coup has allready failed and the army has been purged. Islam has beaten secularism in Turkey.