Turkey’s opposition leader Kılıçdaroğlu attacked with eggs

(With updates on detained suspect in 4th paragraph)


The leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was attacked with eggs on Saturday while delivering a speech before a large crowd in the country’s western province of Aydın.

Four eggs flew in the direction of CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as a took a few moments of silence during the Islamic call for prayer, which began as he delivered a speech to crowds in the town of Kuşadası, independent news site T24 said.

None of the eggs hit Kılıçdaroğlu and one person was detained in relation to the incident.

The man, a local merchant who said he had been unemployed for some time, later told the police that he was suffering from psychological problems and was released on bail on Sunday, T24 reported.

In April of this year, the 70-year-old CHP leader was attacked at the funeral of a soldier killed in fighting against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Kılıçdaroğlu was taken to a nearby house by security forces for his protection after he was pushed and shoved in the melee.

Kılıçdaroğlu said the "organised lynching attempt’’ against him was pre-planned and accused officials, including those with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), present at the funeral of turning a blind eye to the attack.