Conservative party member killed in Diyarbakir

Member of Turkey’s conservative Free Cause Party Aytac Baran killed in an armed attack in Turkey’s southeast province of Diyarbakir

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Sep 10, 2015

President of Muslim NGO organisation Yeni Ihya-Der, and member of conservative Free Cause Party (Huda-Par), Aytac Baran was killed on Tuesday in Turkey’s southeast province of Diyarbakir.

Hospitalised after being fatally wounded, Baran has died in Salahaddin Eyyubi Hospital. Following the the incident Baran’s family and friends gathered in front of the hospital.

Police took security measures around the hospital due to the high tension in the region due to the rivalry between the conservative party Huda-Par and the left-wing Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Newly elected to the parliament, the HDP issued a statement immediately after the incident saying “we are deeply sorry for the loss.”

Tensions between Huda-Par and HDP members have remained high in Diyarbakir since 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 city of Kobane, which was besieged by ISIS.

The rally soon devolved into attacks on the 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.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the Dagpınar district in the northeastern province of Kars  - Justice and Development Party (AK Party) member Omer Vargun - and his nephew - Gokhan Erkmen - were assaulted on Tuesday with stones and sticks while they were heading to the town hall.

Vargun and Erkmen were hospitalised after the attack. It is reported that Vargun is in good condition.

TRTWorld and agencies