World Bulletin / News Desk
A website known to be affiliated with the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Monday published photos of some public officials being held by the militant group as well as messages from them to their families.
The Fırat news agency published photos of district governor candidate Kenan Erenoğlu, Spec. Sgt Zihni Koç, NCO Abdullah Söpçeler, Spec Sgt. Kemal Ekici and policeman Nadi Özgen as well as soldiers Reşat Çeçan, Hadi Gizli and Ramazan Başaran.
The agency interviewed the captives, who appeared in good health. Erenoğlu said they are all well and told his family to keep their morale high, adding that he hopes to reunite with them soon. The captives expressed hope that a recent initiative launched to disarm the PKK will be successful.
The report comes on the heels of a statement by Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Co-chairperson Gülten Kışanak, who said on Saturday that 10 Turkish public officials kidnapped by the PKK will be released within 10 days.
Kışanak, who was among a group of deputies who met with senior leaders of the PKK in northern Iraq last week, has said that said the PKK is “working for the release of prisoners in their hands.” “We expect the work to be completed within a week or 10 days,” she said.
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