Three killed and dozens injured in election-related clashes in Turkey

Türkiye Materials 29 March 2009 16:14 (UTC +04:00)

Three people were killed and around 30 others injured Sunday in election-related violence when opponent candidates and their supporters clashed in four separate provinces, reported Hurriyet.

In the small village of Akziyaret of the southeastern province of Sanliurfa a candidate for village headman was shot dead as supporters for rival candidates attacked each other, private Dogan News Agency said. The fight left 12 other people wounded, the report added.

In a similar incident in Suruc town, also in Sanliurfa, 15 people were wounded as rival groups fired shots at each other.

Another two people were killed in election-related violence in the Lice district of southeastern province of Diyarbakir, Anatolian Agency reported.

In the central-western province of Afyon supporters of rival village headmen candidates clashed in an incident that left six people injured.

In another incident in the eastern province of Agri, one person was injured when supporters of mayoral candidates from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Democrat Party (DP) clashed.

More than 48 million registered voters will cast their ballots at 177,050 polling stations around the country to elect mayors as well as city and provincial assemblies for 81 city municipalities, including 16 metropolises.