Ruling AKP district deputy chair shot dead in Turkey's Diyarbakır

Turkey: We will respond to any kind of terrorist threat
AK Party official shot dead by PKK
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02 July, 2017

Orhan Mercan, the AKP's deputy head in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province, was shot in front of his home on Friday night and died of his wounds in hospital, the provincial governor's office said. Initial indications point to the terrorist outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) being responsible for the attack, Demir said, while investigations continue.

Lice district is located in the Kurdish province of Diyarbakir, southeast of Turkey. Security sources said the gunmen seized Ahi from his home at gunpoint and killed him nearby.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak tweeted that the PKK militants had killed the two men.

"These attacks were staged against the entire political institution, legitimacy, democracy, and our nation".

"Any threat that may come from Syria or another country towards Turkey - this could be from Daesh, the [PKK] PYD/YPG, whatever terrorist organization it is from - Turkey responds immediately with all reprisals", he said.

A cease-fire between Turkey and the PKK collapsed in 2015, restarting a more than three-decade-long conflict that has left an estimated 40,000 people dead.

Diyarbakir and Van, which are around 300 kilometres apart, have been hit by numerous PKK attacks since the group, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the USA and European Union, resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the state in July 2015.


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