German climbers kidnapped by PKK, released
Three German climbers who were held hostage for 12 days after being abducted by Kurdish rebels in eastern Turkey arrived safely home in Germany on Monday on a scheduled airline flight.
Security sources at Munich airport said they arrived on a Lufthansa flight from Ankara.
Lars Holger Renne, 33, Martin Georg S., 47, and Helmut Johann H., 65, all from Bavaria, were abducted on July 8 by five Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas who raided a 3,200-meter camp on Mount Ararat.
The three were released on Sunday. After spending the night at a police guest house in Agri, the mountaineers flew to Ankara from the eastern city of Erzurum on Monday morning.
German Ambassador to Turkey Eckart Cuntz welcomed the three men at Ankara’s Esenboga airport: “Firstly I’m very happy and secondly I’m very thankful,” he told reporters in comments translated into Turkish. “Thirdly, long live Turkish-German friendship.”
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