Two villagers were kidnapped from Hasanpasa village in Malazgirt district of eastern Mus province by the militants of outlawed PKK, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) said on its website on May 9.
The recent update provided by TAF said four militants of outlawed PKK kidnapped the two from the village to force them to join the militia on the mountains. A legal inquiry has been launched.
The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU, and is mostly active in the southeastern provinces of Turkey.
Over three decades, conflict between the government and the PKK claimed lives of around 40,000 people and caused major economic and social damage in the region.
Reports from Turkey’s intelligence agencies have said that attacks by the PKK may intensify in May as elections draw closer and that incidents with the purpose of pressuring the public and kidnappings will increase.
In last ten days of April, eleven acts were carried out including armed attacks, an execution, kidnapping, road-blocking, hijacking, harassment and bombings according to the police.
On May 9, gendarmerie searched two caves in Beyaztaslik Hill of rural Semdinli area in southeastern province of Hakkari in response to an intelligence information.
Security officers found a 60 mm mortar shell, two Kalashnikov infantry rifles, a G-1 infantry rifle, four grenades, two 60 mm smoke shells, 28 demolition shells, four propelling rocket cartridges, 50 mg of explosives and other weaponry.
In another raid carried out in rural Pervari district of southeastern Siirt province, security officers found 100 AK-47 Kalashnikov infantry rifle clips and a binocular left on the side of a road.
Three were detained in connection to the incident but released pending trials by the prosecution.