Suspect detained over HDP rally bomb

Ahmet Davutoglu tells reporters one suspect has been detained over Friday's bombing of pro-Kurdish party rally

Suspect detained over HDP rally bomb

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Turkey’s prime minister has confirmed that a suspect has been detained over a deadly bomb attack on an opposition party rally on Friday.

Speaking in Konya while voting in Sunday’s Turkish general election, Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed that one person was apprehended last night in relation to deadly explosions which struck a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir.

Two people died in the immediate aftermath of Friday afternoon’s twin blasts.

Speaking to the press after casting his vote, Davutoglu said: “We cannot reveal [the suspect’s] name at the moment for the sake of the investigation’s security."

“We will get to the root of it. Whoever has done this, it is an attack on democracy,” Davutoglu added.

The run-up to Turkey’s general election has been marred by violence with bombings, shootings, knife attacks and clashes between rival supporters and police hitting the headlines.

Friday’s attack in Diyarbakir came two days before Turks go to the polls in a general election where the pro-Kurdish party could enter parliament for the first time.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Haziran 2015, 13:03