Two people have been killed and over 100 have been injured in two explosions ahead of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) rally in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakır.
Initial Turkish media reports said on June 5 that the cause of two separate blasts spaced by five minutes, which created panic among the crowd, might be a power distribution unit near the rally venue.
Energy Minister Taner Yıldız, however, ruled out claims of an electrical accident. “There was an external intervention to the power distribution unit,” he said. “Our inspection has clearly showed that the source of the explosion was not the power distribution unit. Its door was damaged with pressure coming from outside to inside and not vice versa.”
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, on the other hand, vowed to catch any perpetrators…
Note: the HD Party may be – depending on Sunday’s election results – in a position to block the super-majority Erdogan needs to push through his ‘presidential system.’
It is under intense focus at the time. Many are worried about vote-rigging and fraud.