“Allow us, let us take these people out alive. The state will lose nothing if a civilian group is involved.”
Part of Diyarbakir’s old city walls. Wikicommons/ Bertil Videt. Some rights reserved.We are in Surici district with Lale Mansur, Zeynep Tanbay, Ferhat Tunc, Aysegul Devecioglu, Bahri Belen and Dilek Gokçin who came from Istanbul today. We meet Sibel Yigitalp, the HDP Diyarbakir deputy who is on constant watch in Sur. Ms. Yigitalp is able to talk with the families inside from time to time. A heavy bombardment is going on. Small snippets of information filter through to where we crowd around.
Hakan Şükür, who became an MP after retiring from football, faces up to four years in jail if convicted over tweets
Turkey’s former international football star Hakan Şükür risks up to four years in jail after being charged with insulting president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter, reports said on Wednesday.
With no group coming forward at this stage, the Kurdistan Workers party are likely to bear the brunt of the blame – but who else could be behind the attack?
In the absence of any immediate claims of responsibility for Wednesday evening’s rush-hour car bomb attack on a military convoy in Ankara, suspicion is likely to fall, first and foremost, on Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) militants who have been engaged in a renewed, low-intensity conflict with Turkey’s army and security forces since last summer.
The aftermath of a blast in Ankara on Wednesday. Several people have reportedly been killed in the explosion close to military buildings in the Turkish capital. Turkish television footage shows a plume of black smoke billowing into the sky and a large fire on the ground. Emergency services can also be seen at the scene of the blast