PKK releases two out of 12 kidnapped civilians in Turkey

Turkish Armed Forces reports two out of 12 civilians kidnapped last week by outlawed PKK released

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Highway damaged by PKK terrorists in terror attack in Van province

Updated Sep 9, 2015

Outlawed PKK released one out of 11 customs officials and a minibus driver on Monday whom the PKK terrorists kidnapped on Friday in Turkey's southeastern Van province.

Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) announced that the 12 civilians were kidnapped by the PKK terrorists while returning home from work in a minibus. 

PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as the US and the EU.

In recent weeks, PKK increased its terror attacks and killed more than 60 security officers in addition to civilians.

One police officer and two soldiers were killed by the PKK terrorists in two seperate attacks on Monday in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari and Mardin provinces.

On July 11, the PKK’s umbrella organisation Group of Communities (KCK) announced that the ceasefire provided by the Peace Process is over and the militants will start a “revolutionist public war.”

In 2012, the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) led by then prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the “Peace Process” to end the conflict with the PKK, which was founded in the late 1970s by its imprisioned leader Abdullah Ocalan.

The process provided a truce that continued for more than two years.

On the next day after the ceasefire was broken one-sided by the KCK, the PKK terrorists killed a municipality worker in Turkey’s northeastern Ardahan province on July 12 in an attack to prevent workers from fixing a water supply line which was sabotaged by the militants.

Only one soldier among the 61 was killed by ISIS while the rest were killed by PKK terrorists.

Outlawed PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in Turkey’s southeastern provinces since the early 1980s, following a seperatist agenda. 

More than 40,000 people have lost their lives during 30 years of armed conflict between PKK and the Turkish government.

TRTWorld and agencies