Double Attacks Hit Justice Ministry And Ruling Party’s HQ
Assailants fired last night a LAW weapon on the headquarters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and hurled two hand grenades at the Justice Ministry in the capital Ankara, days ahead of an expected ceasefire with Kurdish militants. Following the blasts, police teams and ambulances were immediately transferred to the scenes and the police took strict measures in the surrounding area. Police precautions were increased across the city. Two suspects were arrested after the blasts, but it was immediately found that they did not link to the incidents. After inspecting security camera footage, police started an operation to catch the assailants. According to officials, one person was slightly injured in the hand grenade attack somewhere close to the car park of the ministry. It was reportedly said that a piece of cloth carrying the colors of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) was left at the scene in front of the ministry. Yesterday’s grenade and LAW weapon attacks came as Turkey is holding peace talks with the Kurdish jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan in a bid to end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984. Leaders had warned of possible attacks aimed at derailing the talks.