Two explosions at pro-Kurdish party offices in Turkey

Blasts hit offices of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in southern Turkey

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

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 Monday.

Adana provincial governor Mustafa Buyuk said that two people were injured after a blast occurred in the chairman’s room of the HDP office in Adana, speaking to Anadolu Agency.

He said that those injured were sent to hospital, and suggested the blast was deliberately carried out.

“We are investigating the source of the blast and the type of explosive,” Buyuk added.

According to an eyewitness, the explosion in Adana was caused by a cargo package containing flowers which was sent by an unidentified sender.

The HDP is one of the parties involved in the Turkish-Kurdish peace process which was initiated in 2012 to resolve the 30 year long conflict between the state and the outlawed PKK.

Meanwhile, Mersin police chief Rahmi Bastug said that another blast hit the kitchen of the HDP office in the city and that there were no injuries.

The two explosions occurred around the same time, according to authorities.

HDP co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas was going to hold a rally in Mersin today for the upcoming general elections.

The incidents are the latest in a series of attacks on HDP buildings and members in recent months.

The headquarters of the HDP was attacked by unidentified assailants on April 18 in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.  

Nobody was injured in the attack, but bullet holes resulting from gunfire were visible on the building.

In November 2014, Ankara Provincial HDP Assembly Member Ahmet Karatas was critically injured after a person stabbed him near the party’s central headquarters in Ankara. 

Turkey will hold its next general elections on June 7th, in which the HDP will participate and try to win seats for the first time as a political party.

TRTWorld and agencies