PKK Militants Kidnap Three Journalists, Claims Turkish News Agency

© AP Photo / Cagdas ErdoganThe militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, stand at a barricade in Sirnak, Turkey, late Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015.
The militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, stand at a barricade in Sirnak, Turkey, late Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. - Sputnik International
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The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have kidnapped three journalists of the Anadolu news agency in southeastern Turkey, the media outlet reported Sunday.

Turkish security forces block the road leading to Cizre, on September 9, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the agency, the journalists were assigned last week to cover stories in the province of Mardin. They were kidnapped by the militants who have been holding them at an unknown location for over 48 hours.

The instability in Turkey escalated in July 2015, after 33 Kurdish activists were killed in a suicide blast in the city of Suruc and two Turkish policemen were later murdered by the PKK, which led to Ankara commencing a military campaign against the group.

The Kurds, Turkey's largest ethnic minority, are striving to create their own independent state. The PKK was founded in the late 1970s to promote Kurdish self-determination and is considered to be a terrorist organization by the Turkish authorities.

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