Ministers condemn attacks on 3 cemevis in Ankara

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ANKARA

Ministers and the Directorate of Religious Affairs of Türkiye (Diyanet) have condemned the recent attacks on three cemevis, Alevi places of worship, in the capital Ankara: one in Çankaya district and two in Mamak district.

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“This despicable attack, which was intended to provoke, is being investigated in all its aspects,” Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said.

The suspect who disappeared after the attacks was arrested on his way to neighboring Eskişehir province in Ankara and detained, the minister added.

“I condemn the attack and the attacker,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said, adding that the incident in the cemevis is an attack on the nation and its moral values.

The attack will be clarified in all its aspects with the opening of the judicial process, Bozdağ added.

Ali Erbaş, the head of Diyanet, also shared a message on his Twitter account.

“I strongly condemn the attack on cemevis in Ankara. We will continue to maintain our unity and solidarity without giving any opportunity to those who try to insult our brotherhood,” Erbaş said.

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“We curse the attacks on three separate cemevis in Ankara. These attacks were made on all of us. May our unity and strength be with them forever,” Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Ömer Çelik said.

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