A pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) election bus driver Hamidullah Oge has been killed in the Karliova district of Bingol, which is located in eastern Turkey, several days before Turkey’s upcoming June 7 election.
A statement released by the Bingol governorate said, Oge was returning his village with a bus rented by the HDP Karliova office when he was stopped and shot to death on the evening of June 3 by unidentified armed men five kilometres from the district of Karliova.
It was reported that the assailants also vandalised the bus.
The governorate said a multipronged investigation has been launched by the security services in order to solve the incident.
Bingol is mostly populated by the Kurds and has usually voted for conservative candidates, primarily the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party), in recent elections. The conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) also has a strong presence in the province.
The HDP is taking part in general elections for the first time as party under its own banner.