The ceremony was held today in the Kastamonu Police Department for Recep Şahin, a police officer for the Çankırı Police Department, who was providing security for Prime Minister Erdoğan when a hand grenade followed by shots were directed at his vehicle.
The attack took place yesterday, 25 kilometers into the Kastamonu-Çankırı highway and was directed at the police convoy accompanying the Prime Minister's campaign bus. Police officer Recep Şahin, who died at the age of 34 in the attack, was married and had a child.
The attack, which took place at Ilgaz Mountain, followed an opening ceremony in Kastamonu, in which Erdoğan addressed the public. Erdoğan departed by helicopter for Amasya after the meeting. Those returning to Ankara, including the Prime Ministry's security detail and party officials boarded the campaign bus. After going 20 km, the convoy was attacked at precisely 17:15 yesterday. The police car leading the convoy was the first to be hit. Due to the winding road, the vehicle was going slow when it was trapped in cross fire coming from a number of spots in the forest. One of the two police officers in the car came out wounded and began returning fire. Meanwhile, when the assailants hit the gasoline tank with a bullet, the vehicle exploded. At this point other security forces in the convoy began shooting at the area where the ambush started. After conflict ensued for awhile, the perpetrators escaped into the forest.
'THERE WERE THREE TO FIVE PEOPLE'