IS behind HDP bombings: Selahattin Demirtas
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas has said the assailant who carried out twin bombings against his party’s buildings in southern Turkey was linked to the Islamic State (IS) rather than the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C).

Demirtas said during a visit to a taxi stand in Istanbul’s Esenkent district on May 22 that the attacks on the HDP buildings were dangerous, Hurriyet daily reported.

 “[The assailant] engaged in cross-border activities on the Syrian border. A relative of the assailant is a militant for IS. This person had lived for a while in an IS stronghold. This person, whom they say is from the DHKP-C, has links to IS. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) keeps quiet on that but everything points to the AKP, not the HDP,” said Demirtas.

HDP co-chair Figen Yuksekdag said May 22 that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s comments on the twin bombings were not true. “Shame on your lies ... The AKP government is behind the attacks.”

On May 18, two separate bombs exploded at two local headquarters of the Kurdish problem-focused HDP in Adana and Mersin, weeks before the June 7 general election. Hidden in a cargo parcel and a gift-packaged flower pot, the two bombs injured four people in total and damaged the buildings.

A suspect for twin bombings of HDP branches in southern Turkey was previously detained in 2007 for his links to the DHKP-C, the Interior Ministry said May 21.

The same person left the bombs in the HDP buildings in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersin on May 17, a day before they exploded, the ministry claimed in a statement.

News Code: 10443  |  Date: 2015/05/22  |  Time: 20 : 54

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