PKK releases four teachers in SE Turkey

Four teachers who were kidnapped by suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were released Monday night.

File photo shows a schoolhouse and teacher's housing building in southeast Turkey. Eight teachers are being held captive by the outlawed PKK. DHA photo

File photo shows a schoolhouse and teacher's housing building in southeast Turkey. Eight teachers are being held captive by the outlawed PKK. DHA photo

The teachers were kidnapped from villages in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Sept. 26 and 27.

Remzi Savaş, Ahmet Ürün, Tekin Çakır and Talip Maçin called their families at around 10 p.m. on Monday to tell them they were released by their captors. Reports did not mention where they were released.

The teachers came to Diyarbakır Courthouse on Tuesday morning to give their testimonies on the kidnappings. Lawyers from Human Rights Foundation were with the teachers.

The PKK still holds eight more teachers it kidnapped in September.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
DIYARBAKIR – Doğan news agency (DHA)