Armed attack on pro-Kurdish party headquarters in Istanbul

An identified gunman targeted Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters in Istanbul on Wednesday, Mezopotamya news agency said.

The assailant fired seven shots into the air in front of HDP building in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, Mezopotamya said.

The assailant then fled to the Security Directorate and Governorship building, which is on the same street, according to a statement released by HDP.

The Istanbul Governor’s Office said police had started an investigation into the attack and a suspect had been taken into custody by security forces.

The pro-Kurdish party has been a frequent target of similar attacks in recent years. Several HDP offices were attacked following the 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections and in 2015 amid rising violence between Turkish forces and the Kurdish militia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has launched a crackdown on the HDP since a failed military coup in July 2016. Police have arrested scores of its leaders, including members of parliament and its co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.