TURKEY DETAINS KEY LEADERS OF PRO-KURDISH OPPOSITION PARTY

ISTANBUL, -- Turkey has detained the co-chairs of the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag.

The state-run Anadolu news agency carried an Interior Ministry

statement saying 11 legislators from the party, the third largest in

parliament, had been detained in a series of raids.

Warrants were issued for four other members of parliament.

Demirtas was detained at his home in Diyarbakir while Yuksekdag was

taken into custody at her house in the capital Ankara. Demirtas' last

post on Twitter said security forces "are at my door."

Live videos of the police raids, carried out in the middle of the

night, were posted on social media accounts, including one showing

Yuksekdag verbally protesting against her detention.

Access to social media like Twitter and messaging service WhatsApp

was jammed, with users saying they were using VPNs to bypass the

blocks.

There were also reports of problems using mobile internet though

fixed lines were still working.

Meanwhile an explosion hit the Kurdish majority city of

Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey Friday.

Residents reported that the explosion occurred on Friday morning, near the

provincial police headquarters in Diyarbakir.

Helicopters were flying above the town, and ambulances were seen

driving towards the site of the explosion.

The explosion occurred next to an annex of the police headquarters,

the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Earlier eleven HDP members were arrested overnight, including co-chair

Selahattin Demirtas who was detained at his home in Diyarbakir early

Friday.

Source: Nam News Network