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Turkey: PKK blamed for attack on main opposition leader

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Turkey: PKK blamed for attack on main opposition leader

<p>Turkey’s main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu escaped unhurt on Thursday after his convoy came under fire in the northeastern Black Sea province of Artvin. </p> <p>The government has blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdish <span class="caps">PKK</span> militant group.</p> <p>Kilicdaroglu escaped injury but a soldier was killed and two others wounded. Some reports say the violence was linked to clashes in the area rather than a targeted attack.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="tr" dir="ltr">One soldier killed in attack on Turkish main opposition <span class="caps">CHP</span> head Kılıçdaroğlu’s motorcade <a href="https://t.co/Pi6SyhbZPI">https://t.co/Pi6SyhbZPI</a> <a href="https://t.co/AdYy1J5RPl">pic.twitter.com/AdYy1J5RPl</a></p>— Hürriyet Daily News (@HDNER) <a href="https://twitter.com/HDNER/status/768794054956122113">25 août 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <p>Kilicdaroglu heads the <span class="caps">CHP</span>, the party of the secular Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.</p> <p>But at a rally of more than a million people in Istanbul earlier this month, he stood shoulder to shoulder with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, co-founder of the ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party, in a show of unity following July’s failed coup.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogan-politicians-call-kilicdaroglu-after-he-survives-pkk-attack.aspx?pageID=238&nID=103225&NewsCatID=338">Turkish media reports</a> say Erdogan telephoned Kilicdaroglu to wish him well, after the attack.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="tr" dir="ltr">Erdoğan, politicians call Kılıçdaroğlu after he survives PKK attack <a href="https://t.co/aK9aFNyZEV">https://t.co/aK9aFNyZEV</a> <a href="https://t.co/UoilpnCJGB">pic.twitter.com/UoilpnCJGB</a></p>— Hürriyet Daily News (@HDNER) <a href="https://twitter.com/HDNER/status/768810523978792960">25 août 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Typically, even convoys of top opposition figures are accompanied by a police escort in Turkey, which has faced a series of bombings and other attacks in the past year, raising tensions in a nation with a long border with Syria and Iraq.</p>