A woman wounded in an armed attack on Feb. 10 during mayoral election campaign in Istanbul, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said.
An investigation has been launched into the incident, which occurred in the city's southwestern Küçükçekmece district at 04.30 p.m. (local time), Yerlikaya said on social media platform X.
Bugün saat 16.30 sıralarında AK Parti Küçükçekmece Belediye Başkan adayı Sayın Aziz Yeniay’ın Kanarya Mahallesindeki aday tanıtım etkinliğinin olduğu yere uzun namlulu silah ve tabanca ile ateş açılmıştır.— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) February 10, 2024
Saldırıda E. G. D adlı kadın vatandaşımız yaralanmıştır.
The attackers fired with long-barrelled guns and pistols but there were no further details of their identity or motive.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that the operation of the injured woman who was seriously wounded on her head was completed and she was taken to intensive care. The Woman's condition remains serious, according to the minister.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the attack on X, "No attack on our democracy, unity and solidarity will succeed," he said.
AK Parti’mizin ve Cumhur İttifakımızın Küçükçekmece Belediye Başkan Adayı Aziz Yeniay’ın seçim çalışmaları sırasında gerçekleştirilen silahlı saldırıyı lanetliyor, ağır yaralanan vatandaşımıza acil şifalar diliyorum.— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) February 10, 2024
Saldırıya ilişkin geniş kapsamlı tahkikat derhal…
Istanbul Metropolitan Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, on the other hand, stated that the target of the attack was not against the AKP candidate.
He said, "We are relieved to learn that today's incident in Küçükçekmece is not related to the AKP candidate and that no one lost their lives." He describe the attack as an "another public order crime."
Küçükçekmece’deki bugün yaşanan olayın AK Parti adayı ile ilgisi olmadığını ve yaşamını yitiren kimsenin olmadığını öğrenmek içimizi rahatlattı. Başka bir asayiş olayı nedeniyle yaralanan vatandaşımıza acil şifa ve geçmiş olsun dileklerimi iletiyorum.— Ekrem İmamoğlu (@ekrem_imamoglu) February 10, 2024
Turkey will hold mayoral elections on March 31. Istanbul became one of the provinces where the race heated between different parties.
Turkey has experienced to armed attack in the past month. Two masked gunmen affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS) on Jan. 28 killed one person in an armed attack organized against the Santa Maria Church in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district during Sunday mass.
Five individuals, including three police officers, on Feb. 6 sustained injuries and one died after a gun attack outside Istanbul's Çağlayan Courthouse by two attackers who were believed to be with the leftist DHKP-C militant group.