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Turkey detains 2 pro-Kurdish party MPs

Mourners carry the coffin of Turkish police officer Hasim Usta on December 12, 2016, who was killed in the blasts outside Besiktas' Vodafone Arena football stadium in Istanbul two days earlierThe two women, Caglar Demirel and Besime Konca, who represent the southeastern Kurdish-majority cities of Diyarbakir and Siirt respectively, were held as part of a sweeping anti-terror probe, state news agency Anadolu said. “Head of the party’s parliamentary group Caglar Demirel and Siirt MP Besime Konca were unlawfully detained in front of our (Ankara) headquarters,” the leftwing pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said on Twitter. An investigation had been launched into the MP after she allegedly spoke at the funeral of a man killed during security operations against Kurdish rebels in Diyarbakir, the agency said.

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