AK Party politician was Shot Dead in Front of His Home
A politician of Turkey’s ruling AK party was shot dead on Wednesday in front of his house in the largely Kurdish southeast, where insurgency is rising and two dozen opposition mayors have been removed over alleged militant links.
Ahmet Budak, an AK Party politician who was an unsuccessful candidate in parliamentary elections last November, was gunned down in the Şemdinli district of Hakkari province close to the borders with Iran and Iraq, security sources said. Southeastern Turkey has seen a surge in violence since the PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in the region, abandoned a ceasefire in 2015. Thousands of militants, security force members and civilians have been killed in fighting across the region.
Budak’s killing comes two days after militants from the PKK wounded 50 people in a car bombing in the nearby city of Van close to the offices of the AK Party, founded by President Tayyip Erdoğan. The PKK said the bombing was partly a response to the removal from office on Sunday of two dozen mayors from Kurdish-run municipalities. Erdoğan, who also faces violent attacks by Islamic State militants, has vowed that a military campaign against the PKK will continue until it is eliminated.