Turkish ruling party official shot dead

A local official from Turkey’s ruling party has been shot and killed in the country’s southeastern region, where Kurdish fighters affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) operate.

The PKK said on Tuesday it was behind the killing, the second such shooting in as many days in the country’s restive southeast, Al Jazeera said.

Deryan Aktert, who headed the AK Party’s branch in Diyarbakir’s Dicle district, was attacked in his office on Monday at 10:30pm local time (19:30 GMT), the provincial governor’s office said.

PKK’s armed wing said on its website fighters targeted Aktert for his cooperation with the state in its fight against the group, which is listed as a “terrorist” organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

PKK, which launched its armed separatist rebellion in 1984, rejects the designation.