Five men, four workers and a contractor, were released over the weekend after being kidnapped by the outlawed PKK on May 28 in Turkey’s eastern province of Tunceli.
The victims were kidnapped by the PKK from forested land in the town of Pulumur in Tunceli province while working on a project.
The workers were released on Saturday, while contractor Huseyin Kilic - who was confirmed to be the uncle of Istanbul’s Maltepe Municipality head Ali Kilic from the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) - was released on Sunday afternoon.
According to the workers, the PKK terrorists tried to stop them while they were cutting down trees near the Cakirkaya village of Pulumur and damaged the tools the workers were using. They added that they were working for a private company with the permission of the General Directorate of Forestry.
Gendarmerie forces have launched an investigation into the militants.