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Three shot dead in Turkey during ruling party MP visit: reports

AFP  |  Istanbul 

Three people were shot dead in today during an election campaign visit to a mainly Kuridsh town near by an from Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, reports said.

Eight people were also wounded in the shooting at Suruc in the Sanliurfa region that broke out as visited small businesses in the town centre, the and Dogan agencies said.

He escaped unharmed, the reports said, but the identity of all the victims was not immediately clear.

There were conflicting reports about the circumstances of the killings, with saying Yildiz and his supporters came under attack from opponents armed with knives and sticks.

The state-run described it as an attack against the ruling and added that among those killed was the brother of the

It claimed that supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' (HDP) were among those involved in the attack.

But unconfirmed reports on pro-Kurdish media blamed bodyguards of the MP for the attack, after he was met with hostility during the visit to the shopkeepers.

Suruc, a mainly Kurdish town, was the scene of a bombing on July 20, 2015, blamed on so-called Islamic State (IS) jihadists that killed 34 people and wounded about 100.

That bombing sparked huge tensions in at the time, with many Kurdish activists taking to the streets and accusing the government of not doing enough in the fight against IS.

is entering what is expected to be a tense final week of campaigning ahead of the polls.

Analysts are forecasting that the parliamentary and will be tight, with Erdogan possibly to be pushed into a run-off and with his ruling party at risk of losing its overall majority.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 22:55 IST