Ruling party official killed in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast

October 11, 2016 10:52

Suspected Kurdish militants shot and killed an official in Turkey's ruling AK Party late on Monday, authorities said, the second shooting of a politician in as many days in the strife-hit southeast.

Deryan Aktert, who headed the party's branch in Diyarbakir's Dicle district, was attacked in his office at 10:30 pm (1930 GMT) by suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the provincial governor's office said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though the PKK - in a mounting conflict with government forces in the region bordering Iran, Iraq and Syria - often waits several days before making such announcements.

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