134 children kidnapped by PKK in Turkey

134 children were kidnapped by the PKK as they were attending a picnic in Diyarbakir.

134 children kidnapped by PKK in Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has revealed that a total of 134 children have been kidnapped by the PKK rebel group during a meeting in the mainly Kurdish south-eastern city of Agri.

It is the first time Turkey has revealed the true number of children who were kidnapped by the PKK during a picnic organized by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and People's Democratic Party (HDP) on April 23 in Lice, Diyarbakir.

The families of the children, most of whom are in their mid-teens, have been staging a sit-in in a park in the center of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, where they have been demanding the release of the minors.

The PKK and the Turkish government have been involved in a long struggle in Turkey's south-east for over three decades. Despite a cease-fire and pull-out agreed between the Turkish government and jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan last year, some PKK rebels remain active in remote mountainous areas of the south-east.

Last Mod: 28 Mayıs 2014, 15:57
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