Two conservative Kurdish party members killed in Turkey

Two members of Turkey’s conservative Kurdish party killed allegedly by member of pro-Kurdish party in southeastern province

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Two members of conservative Kurdish Free Cause Party (Huda-Par) were killed on Friday in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak allegedly by a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member and six were injured.

According to witnesses, an altercation broke out when HDP members came to Kozluca village in Sirnak to hang party flags, which Huda-Par members opposed.

During the fight, an HDP member allegedly pulled out a gun and opened fire, critically injuring Muhammed Serif Simsek, 34 and Abdulcelil Talayhan, 38, who died later at a hospital in neighbouring Mardin province. The conditions of other six injured people are still unknown, and two suspects were detained after the incident.

Previous fights between the members of two parties erupted during the Kobane protest on October which caused the death of more than 40 people. The events of Oct. 6-7 took place after the HDP called its supporters to the streets to rally in support of the city of Kobane which was besieged ISIS. The rally soon developed into attacks on the members of Huda-Par by the youth arm of the outlawed PKK. 

Tension remains high in Kozluca village, with gendarmerie forces deployed, according to reports.

As the general elections of Turkey approaches, the incident in Sirnak recorded as a deadly attack.

The HDP is taking part in general elections for the first time under its own banner, while the Huda-Par puts its candidates in for elections as independents.

TRTWorld and agencies