Fire has been opened on the motorcade of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader in the Savsat district of the Black Sea province of Artvin, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.
The bodyguards of the CHP leader fired back at the attackers, Turkish sources say.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu was kept in his car for security while police and the assailants engaged in an armed clash.
However, an adviser for Kilicdaroglu said it was not an armed attack targeting the CHP leader but a result of clashes erupted in the region.
Kilicdaroglu was heading back to the city center, where he was for his party’s program.
Kilicdarogluu told private broadcaster CNN Türk via telephone that they had been taken out of the clash zone by security forces.
“We are in a safe place but clashes are continuing. I hope no security personel will be hurt,” he said.