Demirtas blames ISIS for blasts in his party rally

HDP co-chair targets ISIS for blasts in his party rally on Friday, as Turkish government arrests one suspected DHKP-C militant

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas on Monday said bombing attack targeting his party rally on Friday was carried out by ISIS militants, as Turkish authorities on Monday detained a suspect who allegedly has ties with the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C), an outlawed armed ultra leftist group.

Three people were killed and nearly 200 people were injured in two blasts occurred during the election rally of the HDP in southeastern Diyarbakir province, minutes before Demirtas addressed the rally.

Demirtas did not say where he obtained the information of his claims, or gave any evidence of the link between the attack and ISIS.

However, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced one suspected attacker, who has ties with the DHKP-C, has been detained by the security forces.

The DHKP-C entered the US and EU terror lists after conducting terror attacks on foreign consoles and embassies in Turkey, claiming responsibility for the suicide bombing which targeted the US embassy in Ankara on Feb. 1, 2013 which killed one guard and injured multiple American staff members.

"We believe that for them [ISIS militants] to be able to carry out these attacks, it was possible either because the government's intelligence work was poor or they felt the courage to be able do this,” said Demirtas during an interview with CNN.

“At the end of the day, this is the government's responsibility to prevent such attacks," he said.

Turkey has been training Iraqi national guards in  Mosul province to help them fight against ISIS militants, providing non-lethal military aid for 500 Iraqi government soldiers in Baghdad, including camouflage desert caps, assault vests, helmets, sleeping bags, blankets and 50 cold weather tents.

Turkey has also been continuing to support the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga of the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in their struggle against ISIS.


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