Three journalists released after abduction by PKK terrorists

Three jouranlists working for Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency released after being held at unknown location for more than 48 hours by PKK terrorists in southeastern Turkish province of Mardin near Syrian border

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

An undated archive image shows journalists working for Turkey's semi-official news agency; cameraman Kenan Yesilyurt (26), correspondent Rauf Maltas (31), and photojournalist Onur Coban (36).

Three Turkish journalists working for the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) have been released on Sunday following their abduction by PKK terrorists several days ago in the southeastern province of Mardin, according to AA. 

The journalists had been held at an unknown location for more than 48 hours and their cameras were also reportedly seized by the terrorists.

AA correspondent Rauf Maltas (31), photojournalist Onur Coban (36), and cameraman Kenan Yesilyurt (26) were assigned last week to Mardin's Nusaybin district to cover recent developments in the region.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu separately talked to the three journalists by phone following their release, AA has reported.

Turkish officials were also briefed by AA Director General Senol Kazanci regarding the journalists' health conditions.

"We wish a speedy recovery for our friends," Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters in Turkey's northern Ordu Province. Kurtulmus went on to voice hope that the three journalists would soon be able return to their work.

The PKK - considered to be a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, the EU, NATO - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July 2015. 

TRTWorld, AA