Caregiver working for ruling AKP deputy commits suicide with MP’s gun

A caregiver employed by a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy committed suicide at the lawmaker’s home with a gun registered to the MP’s name, opposition newspaper Sözcü reported on Wednesday.

Twenty-three-year-old Uzbek national Nadira Kadirova was pronounced dead at the hospital she was taken to in Ankara, where she had been working for AKP deputy Şirin Ünal, it said.

Kadirova’s brother, Muhammet Ali Kadirov told Sözcü that the suicide of his sister, who had been working for retired military general Ünal for the past year, came as a shock as she had “no reason’’ to take her own life.

“Nadira was preparing to start a prep course for the university entrance examination soon. We were told that Nadira shot herself in the heart with a gun belonging to Ünal,’’ Muhammet Ali Kadirov said.

Kadirov said “the forensics procedures were conducted at lightning speed after deputies stepped in.’’ 

Following the 2016 coup attempt, reports emerged of Ünal visiting the Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar hours before Akar was taken hostage during the failed putsch.

Turkish soldiers took over the country’s military headquarters in Ankara during the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt, which killed over 300 people and injured more than 2,100.

Ankara accuses the Gülen movement, a religious group headed by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, of orchestrating the failed putsch.