PM Davutoglu announces detention over HDP rally bombing

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces suspect under custody for blasts on pro-Kurdish HDP party rally in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Speaking after casting his vote in Sunday’s Turkish general election, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters that a suspect has been detained over the blasts on a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Speaking to the press Davutoglu said “We cannot reveal [the suspect’s] name at the moment for the sake of the investigation’s security."

“We will get to the root of it. Whoever has done this, it is an attack on the democracy,” Davutoglu added.

More than 100 people injured and two died in the twin blasts which occurred during the election rally of the HDP in the Diyarbakir province on Friday.

The blasts were harshly condemned by political leaders including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and PM Davutoglu, being described as a “provocation attempt.”

Friday’s attack in Diyarbakir came two days before Turkish citizens head to polls for the June 7 general elections.

Approximately 56 million Turkish citizens are eligible to vote in the general election to choose 550 lawmakers.

The pro-Kurdish HDP party participates in the elections for the first time as a political party seeking to pass the 10 percent election threshold that will allow it to gain seats in the parliament.

TRTWorld and agencies