Three dead in Turkey dur­ing rul­ing party MP visit

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - REGION -

IS­TAN­BUL: Three peo­ple were shot dead in south­ern Turkey Thurs­day dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign visit to a mainly Kur­dish town near Syria by an MP from Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s rul­ing party, re­ports said.

Eight peo­ple were also wounded in the shoot­ing at Su­ruc in the San­li­urfa re­gion that broke out as MP Ibrahim Halil Yildiz vis­ited small busi­nesses in the town cen­ter, the Anadolu and Do­gan news agen­cies said. The MP es­caped un­harmed, the re­ports added, but the iden­tity of all the vic­tims was not im­me­di­ately clear.

There were con­flict­ing re­ports about the cir­cum­stances of the killings, with pro-govern­ment me­dia say­ing Yildiz and his sup­port­ers came un­der at­tack from op­po­nents armed with knives and sticks.

The state-run Anadolu de­scribed it as an at­tack against the rul­ing Jus­tice and De­vel­op­ment Party (AK Party) and added that among those killed was the brother of the MP.

It claimed that sup­port­ers of the pro-Kur­dish Peo­ples’ Demo­cratic Party (HD Party) were among those in­volved in the at­tack.

But un­con­firmed re­ports on proKur­dish me­dia blamed body­guards of the MP for the at­tack, af­ter he was met with hos­til­ity dur­ing the visit to the shop­keep­ers.

Su­ruc, a mainly Kur­dish town, was the scene of a bomb­ing on July 20, 2015, blamed on so-called Daesh (ISIS) mil­i­tants that killed 34 peo­ple and wounded about 100.

That bomb­ing sparked huge ten­sions in Turkey at the time, with many Kur­dish ac­tivists tak­ing to the streets and ac­cus­ing the govern­ment of not do­ing enough in the fight against Daesh. –

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