Turkish police finds no proof of gun attack on HDP co-chair

Initial probe on alleged gun attack on HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas rules out gunfire, regional governor says

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas speaks during a press conference over the Turkey’s 26th general election results at HDP headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on November 1, 2015.

The Diyarbakir Governor’s Office announced on Monday that the initial probe into alleged attack on Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas has ruled out gun attack since the damage on the rear window of his car was not caused by gunfire.

The HDP spokesperson on Sunday had said that the car of Demirtas had been hit by a bullet in an assassination attempt in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir Province.

According to initial findings, a three-by-three centimeters of damage was observed on the rear window of the car.

However, the police analysis of damage to the rear window showed no evidence of gunfire and suspected the damage was caused by a hard object.

The governor’s written statement said "no remnants of gunfire were detected in the analysis. The assessment made shows that the damage was caused by a blow from a hard object.”

"There was no attack on him or his vehicle,” it added.

The statement also said that police escort with the provincial security directorate had followed Demirtas throughout his program in the province.

HDP entered the Turkish parliament for the first time as a political party, gaining 13 percent of the votes in the country’s June 7 general election.

The party lost support in the aftermath of June 7 and had 10,76 percent of the votes in Nov. 1 snap election. However, it managed to pass the 10 percent threshold.

TRTWorld and agencies