The home of a Kurdish member of the conservative Free Cause Party (Huda-Par Party) was raided with machine guns and bombs by PKK terrorists on Saturday night in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, party officials announced on Sunday.
According to Huda-Par deputy chairman Vedat Turgut, who held a press meeting in Diyarbakir, only some of the bombs exploded during the attack - damaging the home of Huda-Par member R.B. in the Fetih neighborhood of the troubled Sur district.
Referring to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), accused of being affiliated with the outlawed PKK, Turgut said, “It is unreasonable for a political party which has 80 deputies in the parliament to declare autonomy in municipalities governed by them. The purpose of this mindset is to cause a civil war.”
Recently the PKK’s youth branch attacked the southeastern district of Cizre in Sirnak Province, proclaiming autonomy in the region. <any non-PKK affliated Kurds including Huda-Par members have also been targeted by the militants.
There has been a long running feud between rival Kurdish factions in Turkey's southeast, including between the PKK and Huda-Par.
Turgut called on the PKK and its affiliates to leave the “oppression behind which has caused the greatest damage to the Kurdish public. Such circles sabotage all attempts towards the benefit and peace of the society.”
“These gangs carrying out such attacks should pull themselves together. If attacks continue, the residents will come to point of using their right to self-defence,” Turgut underlined.
Another resident at the house, A.B. told the press that “They threw at least 40 bombs at our house yesterday. Thank God, my children were saved without any injuries. We are Muslims. They ask us to provide ammunition for them. How am I going to find them?”
Turgut declared that Huda-Par will not allow PKK terrorists to dig trenches, set up barricades or any carry out other types of action near the homes of its members from now on.
According to information provided by the provincial police department, an air supported operation was launched in the neighborhood and police forces are carrying out an investigation with care to avoid harm to civilians.
Huda-Par members killed by PKK remembered as anniversary of deaths nears
Saying that any action which harms the public should come to an end, Turgut said the reason behind the attack on Huda-Par was the distribution of meat packages on the Eid al-Adha holiday to residents by party members.
“The distribution of meat packages by Huda-Par youth members in Sur district provoked the attack because it broke their [the PKK's] hegemony. This is what we have determined after what we saw,” he said.
Turgut recalled the deadly Oct. 6-7 attacks of 2014 when Huda-Par youth members were brutally killed by the PKK’s youth arm in Diyarbakir as they were distributing meat packages for locals on the Eid al-Adha holiday for aid purposes.
Since last October, Huda-Par has come under increasing attacks from PKK supporters.
The victims of the Oct. 6-7 attacks which came after HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas called the party's supporters to street, were remembered by loved ones and party members as the anniversary of their deaths nears.
“On the last day of holiday last year, Yasin Boru and his friends [Hakan Gokgoz, Riyat Gunes, and Huseyin Dakak] were brutally killed. About 52 citizens were killed and some of our members were among them,” Turgut said.
Boru was a 16-year-old boy who was brutally attacked and killed with knives and guns by PKK supporters after taking shelter in an apartment building.
Aytac Baran, president of the Muslim NGO organisation Yeni Ihya-Der and a member of the Huda-Par, was killed in an armed attacked by YDG-H militants on June 9.
Baran was buried next to his student, Boru.