Attacks in Turkey
Three Germans have been abducted in Turkey by PKK, while they were climbing the Mount Ararat. All three are part of an expdition of 13 climbers, according to local authorities.
“The terrorists said they carried out this action because of the German government’s recent moves against PKK associations and sympathisers,” state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
There were unconfirmed reports that paramilitary troops were involved in an operation to rescue the kidnapped climbers, while the other members of the group were taken to the nearest town.
(…) The PKK, which is seeking autonomy for Kurds in south-eastern Turkey, is designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and EU.
More than 30,000 people have been killed since the group began its armed campaign in 1984.
And three Turkish policemen have been killed and two others injured after assailants opened fire in front of the US consulate in Istanbul. A US embassy spokeswoman in Ankara said there were no reports of casualties among American consulate employees.