Cops foil ‘grave­side bomb plot’ against top of­fi­cial

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURK­ISH author­i­ties foiled a plot to blow up the deputy chair of the rul­ing party with hun­dreds of ki­los of ex­plo­sives buried un­der a grave­yard close to his fam­ily ceme­tery plot.

The gover­nor in the south­east­ern city of Di­yarbakir said that 640 ki­los (1410 pounds) of ex­plo­sives had been dis­cov­ered at five dif­fer­ent points in the ceme­tery in the Bis­mil dis­trict close to the grave of the mother of Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AKP) deputy chair Me­hdi Eker.

Re­ports said that Mr Eker was pre­par­ing to travel to the ceme­tery yes­ter­day for a cus­tom­ary visit to pay his re­spects to de­ceased rel­a­tives ahead of the Eid al-Adha Is­lamic holiday.

“The as­sess­ment is that an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt was planned dur­ing his visit to the tomb dur­ing the Eid,” said a Turk­ish of­fi­cial.

Mr Eker, a for­mer min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture who is from the Di­yarbakir re­gion, is one of the most prom­i­nent mem­bers of Turkey’s Kur­dish mi­nor­ity in the AKP elite.

He told NTV tele­vi­sion he had been mak­ing the ceme­tery visit for 30 years and at least 100 peo­ple were to have joined him yes­ter­day.

“This was a plan for a big mas­sacre,” he said.

“This was not an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt against a sin­gle per­son. Along with me, over 100 peo­ple would be tar­geted.” –

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