Religious leader's house attacked in southeastern Turkey

Unknown assailants targeted the house of a religious leader in southeastern Turkey.

Religious leader's house attacked in southeastern Turkey

Unknown assailants targeted the house of a well-known religious leader and a leading Sufi in Cizre, a district of the southeastern province of Şırnak, on Saturday night, stirring public outrage in the city.

The assailants threw a bomb into the house of Beki Haşimi, leader of the Qadiri sect, late on Saturday night in Cizre, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting religious figures in the southeastern region.

There were no casualties in the bombing attack and police special forces have undertaken extraordinary security measures at Haşimi's home in the Dağkapı neighborhood.

The police launched an extensive investigation into the incident and are carrying out a follow-up operation to find those who were responsible for the attack.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) allegedly targets opinion leaders and key religious figures for their outright condemnation of violence and terrorism.

The PKK carried out a series of killings, including that of a well-known imam in the southeastern province of Hakkari in 2010, to intimidate and silence any critical voice against its armed activities in the region.

Cihan

Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 14:20
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