Istanbul mayor's bus pelted with stones during rally

STORY: Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu was in the eastern Turkish city of Erzurum to hold an election rally for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) when a crowd of around 100 people started throwing rocks at his campaign bus.

The CHP handout footage from the incident showed the security personnel opening umbrellas behind Imamoglu to protect him from the stones. After the crowd continued to hurl stones toward the bus, the personnel ended the rally early, rushing Imamoglu inside the bus.

Anti-riot police were seen using water cannon vehicles to disperse the crowd, blocking the campaign bus driving away.

Imamoglu said on his social media account that 9 people, including one child, were injured during the incident.

Elected in 2019 as Istanbul mayor, Imamoglu is up for a vice president position if the opposition alliance wins a tight race in May 14 vote.