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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş (L). AA Photo
PrimeMinister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the Air Force to strike 34 people inUludere last year based on intelligence that there was a high-profile militantamong the group, Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaşsaid today.
“It was said that there was a high-profile PKK [outlawedKurdistan Workers’ Party] member among [the group], but information about othercivilians was also given to the prime minister,” Demirtaş said during protestsin the southeastern district on the incident’s first anniversary, daily Radikalhas reported.
Demirtaş also said then-District Gov. Naif Yavuz hadclaimed the evidence pointing to those responsible seemed fairly obvious in thematter but that the official was banished to western Turkey after the incident.
The Chief of General Staff was also informed about theraid, the BDP co-chair added.
Some 34 civilian Kurdish villagers were killed in the airstrike on Dec. 28, 2011, when they were allegedly mistaken for PKK militants asthey were smuggling oil from northern Iraq into Turkey.
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