Turkish police said on Nov. 23 that damage to the car of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş was not caused by gunfire, after a party spokesman said it had been hit by a bullet in an apparent assassination attempt.
A spokesperson for the HDP had said the car’s rear window was hit on Nov. 22 as he drove in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
But the city’s police said analysis of damage to a rear window in the car showed no evidence of gunfire.
“No remnants of gunfire were detected in the analysis. The assessment was made that the damage was caused by a blow from a hard object,” the police statement said, adding, “There was no attack on him or his vehicle.”
The HDP won seats in parliament for the first time in June’s election, helping deprive the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of its majority, and the party’s vote remained above the 10 percent threshold to stay in parliament in this month’s repeat poll, which the AKP won.
HDP supporters have been targeted in bomb attacks in recent months, including one in the Turkish capital, Ankara, believed to have been carried out by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) sympathizers that killed more than 100 people.
The party was also a facilitator in the two-year ceasefire between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkey, which collapsed in July.