Aydın Muştu, deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Özalp district branch in eastern Van province, was killed in an armed attack by Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists on Sunday night.
A group of eight terrorists from the PKK broke into Muştu’s residence in Özalp and shot him to death in front of his family, including his children. The terrorists fled the scene in a car belonging to Muştu’s brother.
The gendarmerie has launched an operation to apprehend the perpetrators of the assassination.
Last month, another politician from the AKP, Ahmet Budak, was also killed in an armed attack carried out by the PKK in the Şemdinli district of Hakkari province.
Budak ran for Parliament from the AKP ranks in the general elections held last November but failed to win a seat.
The PKK also killed 18 people including 10 Turkish soldiers when it attacked a military outpost in Şemdinli with a bomb-laden vehicle.