Prosecutors in Konya say preliminary proof factors to long-running feud, however victims’ household say assault was racist.
Turkish authorities stated on Saturday that 10 suspects have been arrested over the killing of seven individuals from an ethnic Kurdish household in Turkey’s central Konya province. Members of the family say the assault was ethnically motivated, whereas authorities blame a long-running feud between two households.
Seven individuals from the Dedeoglu household had been killed in a brutal gun assault on Friday.
A press release from the Konya prosecutor’s workplace stated preliminary proof pointed to an ongoing battle between two households who lived in the identical space.
The prosecutor’s workplace stated in an announcement that enmity between the 2 households dates again to 2010. Two fights in 2021 led to investigations, during which two individuals stay in custody however different suspects had been launched. The assertion rejected the declare of a racially motivated assault.
Inside Minister Suleyman Soylu, who referred to as the crime “merciless” on Saturday, additionally stated the murders had been carried out because of an 11-year household feud and weren’t dedicated with a racial motive.
However the household’s lawyer and the pro-Kurdish opposition celebration say the murders had been ethnically motivated.
After an assault in Might, one member of the household – who was amongst Friday’s victims – informed reporters that they had been being harassed and attacked for being Kurdish.
Lawyer Abdurrahman Karabulut stated relations had been apprehensive they might be attacked once more. Officers stated that they had not but apprehended the gunman.
There have been few particulars about these arrested, however media experiences stated the opposite household was not Kurdish. It was additionally reported the household’s home was set on hearth after the assault.
The co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Celebration (HDP) stated the ethnic Kurdish relations had been murdered due to hate speech and linked it to an increase in “racist assaults”.
Mithat Sancar accused the federal government of focusing on the HDP and Kurds normally.
The variety of suspected racist assaults on Kurdish individuals in Turkey has risen in latest weeks.
In one other case in Konya, a person who had beforehand been subjected to threats for being Kurdish was killed earlier this month, in line with media experiences.
On this case, too, the authorities have denied the crime had a racial motive.
Turkey has been preventing the outlawed Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK) since 1984 and the battle has killed tens of hundreds of individuals, together with civilians focused by automotive bombs in 2016 and 2017 that had been blamed on the PKK.
The decades-long battle has additionally included discriminatory state insurance policies and an ethnically charged environment. Kurds are Turkey’s second-largest ethnic group.