Police detain assailant that opened fire at CHP building

Turkish police detains gunned attacker who opened fire at main opposition CHP’s headquarters in Ankara on Monday night

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Police car standing in front of the CHP head office in capital Ankara on October 28, 2015.

The attacker identified as Haci Ali Hamurcu, was detained by police for firing at the headquarters of Turkey’s main opposition party, Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP), on Tuesday in Ankara, the media reports said.

The Ankara governorate informed that the police reached Hamurcu by monitoring the traffic surveillance system known as MOBESE. Hamurcu who confessed to the crime, is reported to be under interrogation by police.

On Monday, a man who reached the CHP building with his car, opened fire at the building and then fled.

The Ankara governorate also stated that Hamurcu had rented the car for two days.

Although no reports of injury or death was present during the attack, all of the political leaders condemned the attack and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

Vice chairman of CHP, Tekin Bingol had stated that the attack was carried out when a man sitting at the back seat of a black car opened the window and fired his firearm five times.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned the armed attack, occurrences of these types of provocations just ahead of the election are with the purpose of alarming people in the country.

However, Hamurcu’s name is no stranger to CHP. Hamurcu had held a press meeting with a couple other CHP deputies in parliament previously and was presented as a witness to “corruption” allegations made by CHP on the Kayseri Municipality governed by the Justice and Development Party.

Hamurcu is the former mayor of the Kayseri province in central Turkey.

CHP deputies Sevki Kulkuoglu, Atilla Kart and Omer Suha Aldan had accompanied Hamurcu during the press meeting on Jan. 10 of 2013.

Kayseri Mayor Mehmet Ozhaseki has been on duty since 1998.

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu had accused Ozhaseki of corruption during budget talks  parliament in 2010 and had based his allegations on Hamurcu who was jailed on charges of fraud at the time.

The press meeting had taken place in 2013 after Hamurcu served five years in prison.

Media reports say, Hamurcu had also written a book regarding his allegations. However, Ozhaseki had filed a suit against him and the publisher which he collected 7,000 Turkish liras of compensation from each over “moral damages.”

TRTWorld and agencies