Mother of ISIS bombing victim becomes mayor of town where daughter died
The mother of a victim of the 2015 Suruç bombing, one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Turkey’s recent history, became the town’s mayor in Sunday's local elections.
Hatice Çevik, who lost her daughter Başak Sidar Çevik, and her sister-in-law, Nilgün Çevik, when an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked the city of Suruç, in Turkey’s southeast, took 59.36 percent of the vote as the candidate for the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). She had promised to build a memorial for the victims if she won.
On July 20, 2015, a massive explosion during a meeting of a mainly Kurdish youth group killed 33 people and wounded dozens more, mostly university students planning to help rebuild neighbouring Kobane in Syria.