Monday, June 13, 2011

Following elections in Turkey eleven wounded in a bomb blast

.- Eleven people were injured when a bomb exploded in the Turkish province of Sirnak, southeast of the country, near the border with Iraq, during the celebrations after Sunday's general. Said today the Turkish news agency Anadolu, the bomb exploded last night at a celebration in the main square of Sirnak, capital of that province, supporters of the pro-Kurdish Party for Peace and Democracy (BDP), which celebrated its crushing victory in this region.

The victims, some of them seriously injured, were taken to nearby Batman State Hospital by helicopter. Police sources reported that it was a homemade bomb, which was used pyrotechnic devices, metal and stones. For now, no information on the possible perpetrators of the attack. Several members of the BDP accused the police of having used after the explosion to the violence and the use of gas bombs.

The candidate independent Kurdish Hasip Kaplan, supported by the BDP, said the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP, the moderate Islamist) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was killed in Sirnak and accused its members acts aggression against the pro-Kurdish party supporters.

In this southeastern province, the Kurdish independent candidates supported by the BDP, won Sunday's election in 73.1% of the vote compared to 20.8% of the AKP. Across the country, the AKP was elected with the 50.05% of the vote and 326 of the 550 seats in parliament, giving it a comfortable majority to govern for another four years, but will force it to seek consensus other parties to draft a new constitution.

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