Attack on AK Party provincial headquarter in Istanbul

Assailants attack governing AK Party provincial headquarter in Istanbul

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Unidentified assailants shot a civilian in an armed attack to the provincial headquarter of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Beyoglu district of Istanbul on Saturday.

Officials stated that a civilian was wounded by a gunshot to his arm in the incident, no other casualties were reported.

Reaching the headquarter after the incident, Turkey’s Prime Minister and leader of AK Party Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the attack in a press statement.

Davutoglu called out to “the ones who try to destroy the peace and democracy of the country by extending terrorism” and stated “they can not discourage AK Party nor the Turkish government.”

Davutoglu mentioned previous attacks on several other offices of AK Party in the Istanbul and Izmir provinces.

The local contact office of AK Party in the Maltepe district of Istanbul was attacked by armed assailants on July 21.

On the same day, police also found a time bomb under an AK Party bus near the political party’s building in the Sancaktepe district of Istanbul.

Additionally, a bomb exploded in front of AK Party's office building in the Karsiyaka district of the western Turkish province of Izmir on July 25, damaging the building and vehicles in front of it.

Turkey has stepped up its efforts against militant groups in the country following a suicide attack on July 20, suspected to have been carried out by ISIS, that killed 33 people in the town of Suruc in Turkey's southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

Turkey started anti-terror operations against the outlawed PKK and ISIS on July 24 after attacks which killed at least 23 security officials and six civilians.

On Saturday, Davutoglu visited the military border post attacked by ISIS militants who killed a non-commissioned officer, Yalcin Nane on July 23 in Turkey’s southeast province of Kilis.

Both the PKK and ISIS are listed as terrorist organisations by Turkey, NATO, the US and EU.

PKK is an armed militant group that has carried out hundreds of deadly terror attacks against the government, civilians and public properties since the early 1980s. The group was founded by Abdullah Ocalan who was captured in Kenya and imprisoned by the Turkish government in 1999.


TRTWorld, AA