World Bulletin / News Desk
The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Monday kidnapped four people including three female teachers in the southeastern province of Siirt, the Siirt Governor's Office said on Tuesday.
According to a statement released by the governor's office, a group blocked a road in the Pervari district at 4:45 p.m.
They stopped several cars including one carrying three teachers working at the Doğan Köyü Elementary School. The militants, according to the statement, freed locals traveling in other cars but kidnapped the teachers as well as their driver.
The statement said a large-scale operation has been launched in the area to rescue the kidnapped teachers and the driver.
The PKK has targeted schools in the eastern and southeastern regions of the country in a series of violent attacks in recent days, drawing anger from both political circles and civil society organizations.
The group has also kidnapped several teachers in recent months.
The PKK, which has been 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.