Suspect arrested over HDP rally bombing in Diyarbakir

A suspect arrested for bombing pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) rally in southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A suspect detained over the HDP rally bombing in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir was arrested on Wednesday, Diyarbakir chief public prosecutor Ramazan Solmaz reported.

Three people were killed, while 100 more were injured by two consecutive blasts carried out during the pro-Kurdish HDP election rally on June 5, two days before the general elections.

The two bombs, which were constructed from TNT explosives and ball bearings, were detonated by a mobile phone, officials reported following an examination the blast site.

Solmaz, who is carrying out the investigation, issued a written statement saying that the suspect is facing charges of “voluntary manslaughter” and “being a member of armed terrorist organisation.”

According to Turkish media, the suspect is believed to have links with the outlawed far-left militant group Revolutionary People's Salvation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

The lead-up to Turkey’s general election was marred by violence, including the bombing of two HDP offices in Mersin and Adana on May 18 as well as knife and gun attacks on candidates. Unrest between rival party supporters and police also spilled into street clashes.

The links between the bombings in the HDP's provincial headquarters in Mersin and Adana are also being investigated along with the attack in Diyarbakir .

The pro-Kurdish HDP party participated in the elections for the first time as a political party and passed the 10 percent election threshold by gaining 13 percent of the votes, allowing it to gain 80 seats in the Turkish parliament.

TRTWorld and agencies