Prosecutor critically wounded in armed attack in Tunceli

Prosecutor critically wounded in armed attack in Tunceli

Ovacık Chief Public Prosecutor Murat Uzun (2nd L). (Photo: AA)

September 19, 2012, Wednesday/ 13:03:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Ovacık Chief Public Prosecutor Murat Uzun was critically wounded in an armed attack on Wednesday in the eastern province of Tunceli and has been kept in intense care unit since then.

The 35-year-old prosecutor was shot in the head by an unidentified assailant in the Ovacık district while he was returning to his apartment. Uzun was rushed to the Ovacık State Hospital for urgent treatment and then taken to the Elazığ Research Hospital, where he is still in critical condition.

A police operation has been launched to capture the assailant, who fled in a car immediately following the incident.

Four people have so far been detained on suspicion of links to the armed attack, security forces said.

In February, Doğubayazıt Public Prosecutor Hakan Kılıç was shot dead by an unidentified individual in the eastern province of Ağrı.

Meanwhile, Republican People's Party (CHP) Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün has condemned the attack, asking: “Why do these kinds of attacks always occur in Dersim [Tunceli's local name]? Is it the Alevi and leftist identity of the region that makes Dersim a threat? What are the messages behind the attacks against civilians, including prosecutors? Why do they keep attacking Dersim? We all must ponder this for the sake of solving the Kurdish issue, for achieving peace and, more importantly, for protecting the right to life,” he said.

Aygün went on to say that other attacks had taken place in Tunceli over the past two years, mostly conducted by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists. “A taxi driver, named İbrahim Ergün, was shot and killed because he was accused of being an agent. If I am correct, five other people were killed over the same accusation. The PKK forced six people to leave the province, accusing them of embezzlement in cemevis [worshipping places for Alevis]. The PKK has abducted many people, including building contractors, drivers and laborers, and released them after ‘questioning.' The PKK has set many trucks and other vehicles on fire. It abducted me, a deputy who is pro-peace and who does not carry even a pocketknife, ignoring the locals' will, and when people reacted against the abduction it had to release me. And now a prosecutor has been shot in the head. The perpetrators are not known yet; but I condemn the heinous attack.”

Aygün was kidnapped by PKK terrorists on Aug. 12 and released after two days.

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