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Turkish court issues secrecy order over Suruc attack

Less than an hour after Turkish opposition parties call for an inquiry into recent attacks, court issues a 'secrecy order' over Suruc
Coffins are carried from the site of the suicide bombing at a cultural centre in Suruc on 20 July 2015 (AA)

Two Turkish opposition parties have submitted motions to the country's parliament calling for an inquiry into the attacks that recently hit Turkey's southern border areas.

But less than an hour after a second motion was submitted, a Turkish criminal court issued a "secrecy order" around an ongoing investigation into a bloody attack that hit a youth convention on Monday.

The secrecy order, delivered by the Second Criminal Court in the Sanliurfa province, was issued on the grounds that an open process would "endanger the purpose of the investigation". The court also cited the fact that evidence has not been collected in full as another reason.

At least 32 people were killed and 100 injured in Monday's bomb attack in Suruc, a town in Turkey's southeastern Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria. 

Two policemen were also shot dead in the nearby Ceylanpinar district on Wednesday in an attack later claimed by the PKK. On Thursday, armed gunmen attacked two police officers in Diyarbakir, killing one. It was not immediately clear whether any group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), the second largest party in Turkey’s parliament, on Thursday submitted a motion proposing an investigation "so as to scrutinise the terror acts that threaten social peace and claimed Turkish citizens' lives and to take necessary precautions."

"Terrorist acts have recently escalated as the domestic and foreign policy methods, along with already taken measures, fail to mitigate the danger," said the motion.

The motion stressed the need for all political parties in parliament to gather and put forth their views to investigate the causes of the attacks and take effective measures.

"It has become an obligation for the parliament to thoroughly look into the terrorist bomb attack in Suruc and other terror acts in Adiyaman and Ceylanpinar," it added.

CHP deputies submitted a separate motion on Wednesday, proposing three days of mourning for the 32 people killed in the Suruc attack as a sign of national unity.

In a third motion, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) called for an inquiry to "shed light on the attack in detail, unveil the dark relations and hands behind it, and review the government policies that paved the way for the attacks."

The HDP motion blamed the Turkish government's foreign policy, which it said was the primary liability in the Suruc bomb attack.

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