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Turkey arrests 19 suspects over armed attack on ruling party lawmaker

IANS  |  Ankara 

At least 19 suspects were arrested on Saturday over the recent armed attack on ruling (AKP) members in southeast Turkey, said a report.

The suspects included Ismail Kaplan, a parliamentary candidate of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) and some district officials of HDP and were arrested in Sanliurfa, the reported.

They were arrested according to the arrest warrants for 23 suspects issued by the chief public prosecutor's office, the report said.

On Thursday, four people were killed and eight others were injured in an attack on AKP lawmaker and other party workers campaigning in Sanliurfa's district.

Yildiz survived the attack with no injuries, but his older brother was wounded in the attack and later died in the hospital.

In April, Turkish announced to hold snap presidential and legislative elections on June 24, brought forward from late 2019, in a move expected to consolidate his power by shifting the country's parliamentary system to a presidential one.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, June 17 2018. 03:10 IST
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