Bomb explodes in front of AK Party office in Turkey’s Izmir

Bomb explodes in front of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) office in Izmir province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A bomb exploded in front of Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) office building in the Karsiyaka district of western Turkish province Izmir on Saturday, damaging the building and vehicles in front of it, police reported.

AK Party’s provincial chairman of Izmir, Bulent Delican, reported there were no casualties following the explosion.

“The responsibles of the explosion has targeted to attack unity and solidarity of our country, but we will not collapse as AK Party organisations,” Delican stated to Turkish Media.

The Karsiyaka district chairman of AK Party, Abdullah Mertoglu condemned the attack.

“The assailants have previously set our provincial office on fire however, we will stay solemn,” Mertoglu said.

In separate incident, assailants also attacked two civilian buses in the Narlidere district of Izmir on Saturday night.

The assailants attacked one of the buses with molotov cocktails and broke the windows of the other.

Izmir police detained 13 people on Sunday following an investigation. They are claimed to have connections to the outlawed PKK.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO and EU.

Since the suicide bomb attack in Suruc - a district in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province - on July 20 that left 32 people dead, which was allegedly carried out by a member of ISIS, Turkey has faced increased acts of violence.

Four police officers have been murdered following the suicide bomb attack in various conflicts.

The armed unit of the outlawed PKK and the People’s Defence Forces (HPG) claimed responsibility for the murder of two police officers in the Diyarbakir province of southeastern Turkey as revenge for the suicide bomb attack in Suruc.

Turkey launched two different air strikes targeting several positions used by the PKK and ISIS in northern Iraq and Syria within the last three days after the violent attacks.

The Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu stated that since the June 7 elections, there have been 281 militant attacks, including 121 armed attacks, five kidnappings, 17 extortions, in which five officers were killed.

TRTWorld and agencies