PKK terrorists block road, kidnap civilian in Turkey’s Van

Militants belonging to outlawed PKK kidnap civilian in Turkey’s southeastern Van Province amid increasing terror attacks

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Security officers seen taking measures around the site of an explosion in Diyarbakir in this Sept. 17, 2015 photo

Updated Jan 2, 2016

Turkish officials have confirmed that one civilian was kidnapped by outlawed PKK terrorists after he was stopped on the road in the southeastern province of Van on Wednesday.

The Office of the Chiefs of Staff released a statement on Wednesday saying that a vehicle was stopped by PKK terrorists in Catak District of Van Province.

The driver of the car was kidnapped after three PKK terrorists stopped the car. An investigation has been launched into the incident by the judicial authorities.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU and the UK, and has launched new terror attacks in Turkey since July 11 when its umbrealla organisation the KCK unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government, killing nearly 30 civilians and 118 security officers. 

In Van another terror attack by the youth arm of the PKK, the YDG-H, took place on Thursday when an elementary school was attacked by militants with molotov cocktails.

The district director of the ministry of education said that the Vali Ali Cevdetbey Elementary School in the Ipekyolu district of Van was damaged by fires caused by the molotovs and the school's classrooms and administrative offices have been made unusable.

The cost of damages is estimated to be over 200,000 Turkish Liras (approximately $70,000), the total damages to schools in Van caused by PKK attacks the cost are said to exceed a million liras ($350,000).

In a separate terror attack by the PKK, an IED bomb set up on a road in Diyarbakir Province exploded minutes after a police bus passed by on Wednesday.

The delay in the explosion meant that no one was hurt.

The stretch of road where the explosion took place on the Diyarbakir-Silvan highway was closed to traffic and a investigation into the incident was started by police officers.

In related news, four districts in the southeastern province of Bitlis were declared a temporary military security zones under the supervision of gendarmerie forces until March 1, 2016, the governorate announced on Thursday.

The main prison in Bitlis was attacked by PKK terrorists Wednesday evening, the governorate announced.

There were no casualties or injuries during the attack in which the militants shot at security officers, however, the PKK terrorists ran away after the security officers returned fire.

TRTWorld and agencies