Opposition mayor, wife shot in armed attack in western Turkey

A main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) district mayor and his wife were shot in an attack on Monday in Turkey’s western province of Burdur, news site Artı Gerçek reported.

Yeşilova mayor Mümtaz Şenel and his wife Fatma Şenel were shot in their feet by a group of unidentified people that attacked them in their home around 4:30 a.m. local time, Artı Gerçek said.

The mayor and his wife are recovering in hospital, the news site said.

Şenel was the opposition figure who first disclosed the Turkish government's plans to build a park around Lake Salda, which is the fifth cleanest lake in the world and the deepest in Turkey.

Since the development plans were revealed, environmentalists have rolled up sleeves to save the lake, known by Turks as the “Saldives” for its resemblance to beaches in the tropical Maldive Islands.