Ministers: "Our Decisiveness Will Continue"
Following double attacks which hit Justice Ministry and ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) headquarters in the capital Ankara yesterday, officials said the attacks aimed at undermining the peace process. "Probably a LAW rocket was fired on our party’s headquarters. One person was injured in the attack somewhere close to the car park of the ministry. The injured individual was the spouse of a ministry employee and was released after treatment," Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said in a televised interview following the incident. "We were expecting possible sabotage attempts. But no sabotage attempt can turn us back from this path," Ergin told reporters after inspecting the damage at his ministry. Interior Minister Muammer Guler told reporters some equipment of the thrower was found close to the scene and that police were searching the area. Guler said the attack on the party headquarters shattered windows, but caused no major damage. He also claimed that a terrorist group was responsible for the attacks, but he declined to identify it. AKP deputy leader Huseyin Celik said in a press conference that the attack was an attack on democracy. "Now illegal organizations do what those having Ergenekon mentality used to do in the past. Our nation has not forgotten what happened to us. We haven’t been discouraged by them and will not be discouraged in the future. Our decisiveness will continue. Such turbulence cannot push us from our path," Celik said. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is in Denmark for an official visit, made a phone call with Ankara to receive information about the attacks.