Turkish police arrest suspect in AK Party candidate stabbing

Turkish police arrest suspect for stabbing governing AK Party deputy candidate

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

One of the suspects in the case of stabbing of a governing Justice and Development Party (AK Part) deputy candidate was arrested on Sunday in Turkey’s southern province of Adana.

The AK Party candidate Ramazan Demir was stabbed three times with a knife by two intoxicated attackers on late Saturday and was taken to a hospital in Adana.

A witnesses informed that the vehicle carrying Demir was cut off by another vehicle that had flags of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) over it.

Faruk S., 31, was arrested while other suspect Muhammed F., 22, was released by the court. They were detained at the scene and were transferred to a court.

Meanwhile, a bus of the AK Party using for election campaign was attacked in Turkey’s southern province of Batman on Monday.

Unknown assailant or assailants took a shot at the bus, and then ran away. No one was injured, according to the police.

As the June 7 general election of Turkey approaches, the provocative attacks on political parties have been increasing.

A gunman shot at the mayor of Gursu district, Cuneyt Yildiz, who is a member of the AK Party in Turkey’s western province of Bursa on May 20.

Similarly, AK Party deputy candidate of Turkey’s northern province of Sinop, Nazim Mavis, and other party members were attacked on May 8 by a gunman during the party’s election rally.

On the other hand, the offices of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s southern provinces of Adana and Mersin were damaged by explosions which injured two people on May 18.

The suspect of  the bombings has been linked to a Turkish outlawed group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), said Interior Ministry in a statement concerning the bombings.
About 56 million Turkish citizens are expected to vote in Turkey’s 25th general election to elect 550 deputies to the Parliament on June 7.

TRTWorld and agencies