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Çatak is located in Turkey
Coordinates: 38°00′31″N 43°03′35″E / 38.00861°N 43.05972°E / 38.00861; 43.05972Coordinates: 38°00′31″N 43°03′35″E / 38.00861°N 43.05972°E / 38.00861; 43.05972
Country Turkey
Province Van
 • Mayor Celalettin Bartu (BDP)
 • Kaymakam Uhut Emre KOYUNCU
 • District 1,857.52 km2 (717.19 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Urban 6,542
 • District 23,750
 • District density 13/km2 (33/sq mi)
Post code 6587x
Website www.catak.bel.tr

Çatak (Kurdish: Şax‎, Armenian: Շատախ Šatax) is a district of Van Province of Turkey, near the border with Iran. The mayor is Celalettin Bartu (BDP).

Two people were killed in a bomb explosion at an outdoor cafe in south-east Turkey, police stated on September 4, 2006. It followed a series of bombings in the last week of August 2006, at Turkish resorts and in Istanbul, that killed at least three people.

A separatist militant group, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), has said it carried out those attacks. Its website warned on August 29, 2006 that it would turn "Turkey into hell". The group, which is said to be linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), called on foreign tourists not to travel to the country.

Turkish media said a remote-controlled bomb in Çatak was detonated as police arrived to investigate a suspicious package. One of the two people killed was a police officer, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. A local official said the bomb had been placed in a rubbish bin.[3]


  1. ^ "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Two killed in Turkey cafe blast". BBC. 2006-09-04.