Two arrested over attack on Turkish opposition politician
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Turkish police on Tuesday arrested two suspects in connection with an armed attack on an opposition politician last week, T24 news site reported.
The suspect have been arrested following their appearance in court over an attack on opposition Future Party deputy chairman Selçuk Özdağ, it said.
Footage shared on Turkish social media on Tuesday revealed the details of the attack.
The video showed two of the five attackers who injured the Future Party deputy chairman as carrying guns, while others were captured welding sticks.
Özdağ was hospitalised in an attack by assailants, who ambushed the politician while he attempted to get into his car in front of his home in capital Ankara in a case that has made national headlines for days.
Ankara's governor's office has launched an investigation into the incident, one of two on opposition figures on the same day that has been linked to Turkey’s far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has denied the claim while stopping short of condemning the attacks.
Police are still looking for the remaining three suspects in the incident, according to T24.
Turkish media outlets on Tuesday reported that one suspect detained in relation to the attack is an official with a neo-nationalist group in Ankara.
Abdurrahman Gülseren heads a chapter of the MHP-linked Grey Wolves (Ülkü Ocakları) and is currently on trial on charges of conducting propaganda on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS), Birgün newspaper reported.
In a Twitter post dated Oct.10, 2019 - the anniversary of an ISIS twinsuicide bombing at a peace rally in Ankara 2015 - Gülseren said he “expected more’’ from the jihadist organisation.’’
Gülseren, captured on video holding a stick during the attack on Özdağ, in his statement to the police, claimed self-defence.
Meanwhile, former Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç visited Özdağ in his Ankara home on Tuesday, Özdağ announced on Twitter.
Özdağ thanked Arınç for his “fitting’’ social media posts following the attack and his visit to wish the lawmaker a speedy recovery.
Değerli Devlet adamı,Tbmm e. Başkanı ağabeyim Sn.Bülent Arınç beyefendinin uğradığım terör saldırısı sonrası duyarlı ve isabetli twıtları için ve de bizzat geçmiş olsuna evimize teşriflerine şahsım ve ailem adına şükranlarımızı arz ediyoruz.— Selçuk ÖZDAĞ (@selcukozdag) January 19, 2021