PKK militants kidnapped three German mountaineers in the east of Turkey, governor said on Wednesday.
A group of German mountaineers got a legal permit to climb Mount Agri in the eastern city of Agri, and arrived in this city three days ago, Governor Mehmet Cetin of Agri, told AA correspondent.
Cetin said that 13 mountaineers, headed by a guide, camped at 3,200 meters of altitude, and five terrorists raided the camp and abducted three mountaineers.
"Terrorists told the mountaineers that they were staging the attack to protest the initiatives that the German government has launched recently against both the organization and people who support the terrorist organization PKK," the governor said.
Cetin also said that the gendarmery had launched a wide-scale search and rescue operation, and the other mountaineers were brought to Agri's Dogubayazit town.
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