A People’s Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) official and his son were attacked early on Monday while in their vehicle in Şenoba (Sêgirk), part of the Uludere (Qileban) district in Kurdish-majority Şırnak (Şirnex), southeast Turkey. The father died at the scene, and his son is currently receiving medical treatment.
Ahmet Gün, also a member of the Şenoba Municipal Council, and his son Abdurrahim and nephew Mahmut Gün were reportedly out looking for firewood in a rural area when they were ambushed. Ahmet Gün was killed instantly, while Abdurrahim sustained a leg injury and was taken to Şırnak State Hospital by military personnel.
After the crime scene investigation, Ahmet Gün’s body was moved to Şırnak State Hospital morgue. There are unconfirmed reports that local village guards (state sponsored militia) were involved in the attack. The motive behind the incident remains unclear.
Ahmet Gün’s funeral will take place in Şenoba after autopsy procedures. An investigation into the incident has been initiated.
In a statement, the DEM Party emphasised that no attack in Şırnak is coincidental and called for the responsible parties to be identified and brought to justice. The statement highlighted the longstanding tensions in Şırnak and held those creating an environment of insecurity accountable.
The party’s statement underlined that the life lost is not an isolated incident and reflects deeper systemic issues in the region. It was mentioned that the Gün family had previously received threats, indicating a targeted attack. The party demanded immediate action to identify the perpetrators and bring an end to such violent acts.