Church door set ablaze in Istanbul, and other news from Turkey

A door of the Hagia Triada Greek Orthodox Church was set on fire on June 9 by Muhammed Şimdi, 25, who reportedly suffers from a mental illness. The church is located on Nispetiye Street, a side street of Bahariye, Kadıköy’s main thoroughfare.

The perpetrator rolled around the church holding a paper box of paint thinner, which he used to set one of the church’s unused doors on fire at around 8:30 p.m. after he jumped over the walls of the church compound.

The door immediately caught fire and the perpetrator attempted to escape shouting “Allahu Akbar”…


It is not obvious from the report whether or not he was motivated by the drop in support for the AK Party of Erdogan in the recent election.

There seems no doubt, however, that the four people killed in the Kurdish southeast was related to the election. The attacked took place on Tuesday, June 9.

See also: Recent attacks aim at creating civil war in Turkey, HDP co-chair warns (HDP is name of the party that made large gains at the expense of Erdogan).

Erdogan himself has said very little. He has now left on a trip to Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile: Thousands flee into Turkey from Syria as Kurds fight Islamic State

A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian refugees wait for transportation after crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian refugees wait for transportation after crossing into Turkey from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Osman Orsal