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22 July 2019


Turkish opposition leader attacked at soldier’s funeral

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The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has been attacked by protesters at a military funeral in Ankara.

Axar.az reports citing foreign media.

Republican People's Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu was set upon by an angry crowd while attending a memorial on Sunday.

Footage shows him being pushed and shoved in the melee, with some in the crowd attempting to land blows.

Escorted by security forces, he took shelter in a nearby house until the crowd dispersed.

Mr Kilicdaroglu had attended the funeral to pay respects to a Turkish solider who was killed in clashes with Kurdish PKK militants near the border with Iraq.

But what started as a protest against Mr Kilicdaroglu's presence descended into violence against him, according to Anadolu state news agency.

The CHP confirmed Mr Kılıçdaroğlu had been attacked but it was not immediately clear if he had been injured.

Speaking to AFP news agency, his party later said Mr Kilicdaroglu "is fine" while his office said legal action would be taken "against the culprits of the incident".

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2019.04.21 / 21:57
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