Cops foil ‘graveside bomb plot’ against top official
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.” –