Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced that the suspect of the twin bombings of the offices of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s southern provinces has been linked to a Turkish armed leftist group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), following an interior ministry statement concerning the bombings.
The offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s southern provinces of Adana and Mersin were bombed on May 18. The explosions injured four people and damaged the buildings.
Top government officials including Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu all condemned the attack and promised those responsible will be punished.
The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on May 21, that “The person who committed the attack was arrested in Ankara in 2007 for taking part in the activities of an illegal leftist organisation [DHKP-C] and damaging public property - violating law no. 2911. It is understood that he was also detained the same year in Istanbul in connection to the activities of an illegal leftist organisation.”
“It has been determined that the bombs were left at the offices by a male a day before the incidents and the suspect of both attacks is the same person, who migrated to Adana from Van along with his family in 1990,” the statement added.
Davutoglu said, “It was announced by [the Interior Ministry] that the person who committed the attack is a terrorist from the DHKP-C,” speaking at a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) meeting in Sinop, a northwestern province of Turkey.
Davutoglu also lashed out at opposition parties, primarily the HDP, which had claimed the AK Party government was behind the attacks. He said, “The ‘parallel state’ and Dogan media attempted to blame the AK Party for the attacks. The HDP leader said, ‘The AK Party did it,’ and accused me and our president. Kilicdaroglu, who couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag, found the offender in just two hours.”
The parallel state refers to the Gulen Movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen - a US based preacher of Turkish origin - and is accused by the Turkish government of establishing and leading a “parallel state,” composed of a network of followers who have allegedly infiltrated the judiciary, police force, and other state agencies in order to control these institutions.
Dogan media is a major media organisation owned by Turkish businessman Aydın Dogan who has strong connections with Turkey’s “old” political establishment which had been dominated by military leaders.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu is the leader of the leftist Republican People’s Party (CHP), the main opposition party of Turkey.
Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat, a candidate for the HDP who was a founding member and former deputy of the AK Party, spoke about the bombings and reacted to Davutoglu’s comments by saying that “The motives of the attacks are still unclear.”
The DHKP-C have denied the allegations that they are behind the attacks.
The DHKP-C is a Marxist-Leninist militant organisation which has carried out a number of assassinations against Turkish military leaders and businessmen and is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.
Two members of the group recently attacked the office of a senior prosecutor in the Istanbul courthouse and took him hostage him for six hours. They then clashed with the police before killing the prosecutor, according to the Turkish security services.