Turkish opposition leader attacked near Ankara

Turkish opposition leader attacked near Ankara

Leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu was attacked at a soldier’s funeral in Ankara before security guards led him away.
Kilicdaroglu had attended a funeral for one of four Turkish soldiers killed on Friday in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Several TV broadcasters showed video in which Kilicdaroglu was hit on the head at least twice as a clutch of security guards and a police officer attempted to keep dozens of fist-pumping men away.

Kilicdaroglu edged through the crowd to a nearby house, according to broadcaster NTV. More than an hour later he was driven away in an armoured vehicle by police officers.

Ankara’s chief prosecutor, Yuksel Kocaman, said six attackers were identified and investigators are looking into whether the incident is terrorism related, according to Anadolu agency.


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