In eastern Turkey, a minibus carrying migrants was shot at by Turkish security forces on Monday. It was a four year old Afghan boy killed. The child was hit in the heart during the shelling in a village in Van province, according to Mehmet Karatas, chairman of the Van Human Rights Association. Twelve people were injured, including the boy’s mother.
The provincial governor’s office confirmed without giving age or nationality that one migrant was killed and 12 others injured. The gendarmerie fired at the tires of a suspect vehicle after the driver ignored orders to stop immediately. Migrants were hit by ricochets.
IHD chairman Karatas, on the other hand, said two gendarmes fired “intensely at the vehicle” even though it was heading into a dead end. The windows of the car were shattered. That was a “breach of duty and a violation of the right to life,” he criticized and called for an independent investigation.
According to the governor’s office, there were 40 irregular migrants in the vehicle. The driver and a suspected smuggler are on the run.