Gunman shoots AK Party mayor in western Turkey

AK Party mayor heavily wounded by shooting in Turkey’s western province of Bursa

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A gunman shot at the mayor of Gursu district, Cuneyt Yildiz, who is a member of governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) in Turkey’s western province of Bursa on Wednesday.

Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu confirmed the incident and said the mayor was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital.

As the general election of Turkey approaches, the provocative attacks on politicians and Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) stretch the ties between the sides of Peace Process in attempt to create an uproar to influence the electorate.

The offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s southern provinces of Adana and Mersin were damaged by explosions which injured two people on Monday.

According to an eyewitness, the explosion in Adana was caused by a cargo package containing flowers which were sent by an unidentified consignor.

Same day, the PKK terrorists opened fire at a military base in Daglica district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari.

TAF released a statement after the incident, saying there were no casualties or injuries in the aftermath of the attack in Daglica.

Another attack was carried out on Turkish military staff on May 16 in the Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak by an unidentified assailant, which led to material damage.

In early 2013, the Turkish government launched the Kurdish Peace Process as part of a Resolution Process which was was initiated in 2012 to end the decades-old conflict with the PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s by its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Turkey will hold its next general election on June 7, in which the HDP will participate and try to win seats for the first time as a political party.

TRTWorld and agencies