High school student kidnapped by PKK returns home

DIYARBAKIR (CIHAN)- A 15-year-old high school student who was kidnapped by members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on April 23 was released on Tuesday and has now returned to his family.

Fourteen high school students attended on a picnic on April 23 as part of a spring festival in the Lice district of DiyarbakIr province, but most of the students still have not returned home. Media outlets reported that the PKK had kidnapped the students to give them military training in rural PKK camps. M.S.B., who was among the 14 students, was released by the PKK on Tuesday. Parents and relatives of the students launched a sit-in protest in DiyarbakIr on April 27, claiming that the students had been kidnapped by the PKK. The father of M.S.B. had said he had no idea where his son was. “They may have killed my son. How can they kidnap a 15-year-old boy to recruit [him to the PKK]?” he asked. The father also claimed that some pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) officials spoke to PKK members to persuade them to allow the kidnapped boys to return to their families, but the terrorist group had refused to comply.

According to a report prepared recently by the National Police Department, a total of 317 children and teenagers have been kidnapped by the PKK in the last six months. With the 14 high school students who were kidnapped by the PKK in Lice, this number has increased to 331.

In related news, the PKK kidnapped two policemen in DiyarbakIr on April 26. While checking the IDs of passengers on a bus, the armed group noticed two unarmed sergeants who were heading to DiyarbakIr. The armed group abducted the two officers, prompting the Turkish military to launch an operation in the area to secure their release.


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