PKK targets AK Party politician in southeast

Published 28.09.2017 19:44

The ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) Hakkari Deputy Head Salih Kahraman was targeted in a PKK terrorist attack on Wednesday, a security source has confirmed.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said that the politician's car, parked in front of his house, exploded. The explosion was linked to a probable improvised explosive device (IED) fixed under the car.

Although major damage done to the politician's house and car, luckily no one was hurt in the incident.

Earlier this year, two AK Party deputy chairs from eastern and southeastern Turkey were killed in attacks carried out by the PKK.

On July 1, Aydın Ahi, the AK Party's deputy chairman of the Özalp district in Van, was kidnapped and shot dead. Hours earlier on the same day, the party's Diyarbakır deputy chairman, Orhan Mercan, was shot in front of his house.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union, resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015.

Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including women and children.

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