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Leader of the Turkish opposition party sure after the crowd attacks him



FILE PHOTO: Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), welcomes his supporters during a rally for the upcoming local elections in Istanbul, Turkey, March 24, 201

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The leader of the largest opposition party in Turkey was attacked on Sunday by several screaming men before the security guards safely escorted him to a crowd in Ankara on Sunday.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), who failed to win an election on March 31, had attended a funeral of a Turkish soldier killed in clashes with the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The video of the incident showed that Kilicdaroglu was hit at least twice when a group of security guards tried to keep away dozens of screaming and fist pumps. According to the TV station NTV and the Demiroren News Agency, he managed to leave the scene and enter a nearby house.

A crowd then gathered in front of the house and shouted "PKK out," said NTV.

"We were all scattered during the incident. Kemal Kilicdaroglu is fine. He's being taken to a safe place, "Levent Gok, Ankara's CHP representative, told Haberturk TV. "We have to stay calm. Kilicdaroglu will make a statement.

The CHP mayoral candidates in Ankara and Istanbul defeated those of the AK Party of President Tayyip Erdogan after initial results and a series of redial elections three weeks ago.

The AK Party has tabled two motions to cancel and re-run the Istanbul vote, calling for irregularities and illegal voting.

Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Alison Williams

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