Deadly clashes rock Turkey Kurdish city after polls

June 9, 2015 | By | Reply More

Jun 09, – Three people were killed Tuesday, including the leader of an Islamist charity, in clashes between rival Kurdish groups in Diyarbakir, the interior ministry said, adding to tensions in Turkey’s largest Kurdish-populated city days after legislative elections.

hromedia Deadly clashes rock Turkey Kurdish city after polls eu news4Aytac Baran, the leader of the Ihya-Der charity group, was shot dead by unknown gunmen outside his home in Diyarbakir, prompting a gunfight that left two others dead.

There was no information yet on the identities of the other victims. An earlier toll from the hospital sources had spoken of four people dead.

At least three journalists who were covering the clashes were injured, the Dogan press agency reported.

The attack triggered clashes between Baran’s supporters and supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), with the former accusing the HDP of being behind the attack, press reporter said.

But the HDP, which made a strong showing in Sunday’s general election, strongly condemned the attack in a statement and called for a thorough investigation.

The party’s leader Selahattin Demirtas called for calm. “A dirty scenario is at play. All parties should act with common sense,” Demirtas wrote on Twitter.

Baran had been threatened by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) shortly before his assassination, his lawyer said in a statement quoted by Turkish media.

The youth wing of the PKK, the YDG-H, issued a Twitter message denying any involvement in the attack, which it called a “provocation”.

Police arrested three suspects for possession of weapons, Turkish media reported, citing the local governor’s office.

Turkish media reports said two of the injured journalists were working for the DHA news agency and one for the IHA news agency.

Press journalist for HRO media – Norberto Lluch reports.

 

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