The funeral of the suicide bomber who carried out the attack in Istanbul was held in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Wednesday, amid PKK slogans and the PKK flag on the coffin in a display of force. Many figures from the pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and its regional affiliate Democratic Regions Party (DBP) attended the funeral. The terrorist, Eylem Yaşa, conducted the bombing that hit Vezneciler metro station in Istanbul's Fatih district close to Istanbul University as a riot police shuttle bus was passing on June 7.
The attack killed six police officers, six civilians and injured 51 others. A PKK splinter group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), claimed responsibility for the attack. Under tight security, the funeral procession went to Yeniköy Cemetery with the funeral coach of the DBP-led Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality, as attendees chanted PKK slogans while carrying the coffin with the PKK flag draped over it. The DBP Kayapınar Municipality co-chairs, Fatma Arşimet and Mehmet Ali Aydın, Bağlar Municipality co-chairs, Eşref Güler and Birsen Kaya Akat, and the HDP Diyarbakır provincial organization co-chair, Gülşen Özer, attended the funeral with several other HDP and DBP members. Media previously reported that the DBP-administered Diyarbakır Municipality sent a funeral coach to Yaşa's funeral, and in April, the DBP-administered Batman Municipality sent a funeral coach for the funeral of three terrorists killed in the Sason district in the southeastern province.
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