14 detained over death of Kurdish NGO head in Diyarbakir

14 people detained on Wednesday after killing of head of conservative Kurdish association

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Fourteen people have been detained on Wednesday over clashes that erupted after the killing of head of Muslim NGO organisation Yeni Ihya-Der, and member of conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) -Aytac Baran - in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir.

The clashes killed four citizens while six others were injured including three journalists, a police officer and a hospital worker.

Baran was shot dead on Tuesday in the town of  Sehitlik, Diyarbakir Governor Huseyin Aksoy said. Baran later died in the Salahaddin Eyyubi Hospital.

Meanwhile, three modified blank-firing guns, three shotguns, a large number of cartridges and a black mask were seized along with the eight suspects, the local governorate said in a statement.

Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag earlier condemned the attack.

The party leaders released a statement extending their condolences to Baran’s family: “We condemn the attack and offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his family and Yeni Ihya-Der foundation members.”

Huda-Par Chairman Huseyin Yilmaz had alleged that Yeni Ihya-Der members had been threatened by the Patriotic Revolutionist Youth Movement and the outlawed PKK on several occasions in the past.

Following the the incident Baran’s family and friends gathered in front of the hospital.

In the recent years, rivalry between the conservative Huda-Par and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have been heightened in the east, especially after the events of Oct. 6-7.

The events took place after the HDP called its supporters to the streets to rally in support of the border town of Kobane in Syria, which was besieged by ISIS.

The rally soon devolved into attacks on members of Huda-Par by the youth arm of the outlawed PKK. This led to  the deaths of over 40 people, including the brutal killings of four young men, Yasin Boru, Hakan Gokgoz, Riyat Gunes, and Huseyin Dakak.

Aytac was reported to be the teacher of Yasin Boru.

The HDP is regarded as being leftwing and close to the PKK while the Huda-Par is represents more conservative Kurds.

TRTWorld and agencies