Kurdish militants free four abducted Turkish soldiers

December 9, 2013 08:49

DIYARBAKIR - Four Turkish soldiers abducted by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were released early on Monday in southeast Turkey's Diyarbakir province after Kurdish politicians intervened on their behalf, security sources told Reuters.

Tensions rose in Turkey's mainly Kurdish provinces after two people were killed on Friday during clashes between police and protesters in the town of Yuksekova.

The two officers and two sergeants were seized on Sunday by PKK guerrillas who set up a roadblock on a country road in the Lice area of Diyarbakir and checked the identity cards of people driving through, the sources said.

The militants set fire to three vehicles at the scene before fleeing with the soldiers.

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