World Bulletin / News Desk
The suspect in the twin bombing of offices of the Turkish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) earlier this week has links to a radical far-left group, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday.
Although no-one has been arrested for the attacks on the pro-Kurdish party’s offices in the southern cities of Mersin and Adana on May 18, Davutoglu claimed a suspect had been identified as having links to the banned Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).
"This assailant was arrested in recent years for being a member of the terrorist group DHKP-C," Davutoglu told a Justice and Development Party (AKP) election rally in Sinop on the Black Sea coast.
The blasts, which occurred almost simultaneously on Monday morning, injured six people. The HDP, which is contesting a general election for the first time on June 7, was holding a rally in Mersin later that day, where Co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtas gave a speech.
Davutoglu lashed out at accusations that the government and the AKP sparked the bombings through incendiary speeches attacking the HDP.
"A member of a terrorist group staged such an attack and they put the blame on the AK Party,” he said. “This is how they are unmasked one by one.”
Shortly after Davutoglu’s speech, the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying police had identified a member of a banned “leftist organization” as being behind the HDP bombings. It said the suspect was twice arrested for terrorism offenses in 2007, in Ankara and Istanbul.
The ministry added that efforts were underway to catch the suspect.Last Mod: 21 Mayıs 2015, 17:07