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KILLING OF BAR HEAD MIGHT BE ASSASSINATİON, TURKISH PM SAYS

KILLING OF BAR HEAD MIGHT BE ASSASSINATİON, TURKISH PM SAYS

The killing of Tahir Elçi, the head of Diyarbakır Bar Association, in a gun attack Nov. 28 might be an assassination, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said.“There are two possibilities,” he said during a televized speech on Nov. 28.“One of them...

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The killing of Tahir Elçi, the head of Diyarbakır Bar Association, in a gun attack Nov. 28 might be an assassination, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said.

“There are two possibilities,” he said during a televized speech on Nov. 28.

“One of them is an assassination,” he said, “If there is such a thing, this will be revealed,” he said.

The other possibility is that the bar head was caught between two fires during a clash between the security forces and attackers.

“Target is not only Elçi, but Turkey,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş defined the attack assassination.

“God rest souls of Mr. Elçi, who was killed in a brutal assassination today, and our martyred policeman,” he said.

Interior Minister Efkan Ala said in a press meeting that attackers shot at security forces from a car after the press meeting, killing one policeman.

One policeman was heavily wounded in the attack, as Elçi, who was at the scene, was killed during the clash, Ala said.

Four inspectors were appointed to enlighten the incident, he said.

Curfew was imposed in the Diyarbakır town of Sur, where the attack took place.

"This incident shows how righteous Turkey is in its determination in struggle against terrorism,"

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a speech in Balıkesir, vowing to continue the struggle until the end.

The Diyarbakır Bar said in a tweet that it was an assassination.

Elçi and accompanying lawyers made a press meeting on the damage of the earlier clashes in Sur before the gun shots were heard.

An eye witnesses said that one bearded man fired at Elçi, but it is still uncertain whether the bar chief was targeted.

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