Members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) kidnapped three more school teachers on Wednesday at a time of heightened tension between the PKK and the Turkish military, which has launched air strikes and artillery raids against suspected PKK bases in northern Iraq in retaliation for a recent spate of terror attacks inside Turkey.
Diyarbakır Governor’s Office confirmed in a statement released Wednesday that the three school teachers, working at Lice district Birlik village primary school, were abducted by the terrorist organization.
The PKK members earlier kidnapped four teachers in Arıcak district of eastern province of Elazığ on Tuesday. Elazığ governor’s office said in a written statement on Tuesday that four armed PKK members kidnapped eight teachers and a van driver but later released female teachers.
The PKK, branded a terrorist group by Ankara, Washington and the European Union, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984 to fight for Kurdish autonomy. More than 40,000 people have died in the conflict.
28 September 2011, Wednesday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM,