Thursday, July 07, 2005

Former pro-Kurd politician slain in Turkey

A former pro-Kurdish politician was gunned down in southeastern Turkey's largest city on Wednesday, but it was not immediately clear whether the killing was politically motivated, officials said.

Hikmet Fidan, 50, was killed outside an apartment building in a busy section of the regional capital of Diyarbakir, and police were searching for the gunman.

Fidan was vice-chairman of the People's Democracy Party (HADEP), banned in 2003 for alleged links to the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

(Source: Reuters)

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