On Friday, over 10 people were wounded from two bombs that were detonated at a Kurdish political party rally in Diyarbakir, Turkey. According to witnesses, the explosions were only five minutes apart.
The target of the bombing was the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party rally. The explosion happened just as Selahattin Demirtas, the Kurdish Party leader, came to the stage to speak to the crowd of supporters.
When the incident began, those at the rally believed the explosions were from faulty power distribution units. However, after a second explosion was set off, it was clear that they were bombs, showing the explosions were planned
The incident comes just two days before the Turkish parliamentary elections on Sunday. Kurdish votes will be crucial in this election, following intense political battles.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated local authorities have begun an investigations of the origin of the explosions. Although the political gathering was postponed, scores of young people stayed to protest the explosions. Unrest began just minutes after in incident, causing youths to hurl rocks at a police water cannon truck that was ordering the crowd to disperse.
By Alex Lemieux
ABC News: 10 Injured in Explosion at Kurdish Rally in Turkey
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