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PKK rivalry behind kidnapping of Germans

An ongoing internal power struggle within the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) appears to be the cause of the kidnapping of three German mountaineers in eastern Turkey, according to Turkish security sources. Three Germans in a group of 13 mountaineers — Helmut H. (65), Martin S. (47) and Lars R. (33) — were kidnapped by the PKK last Tuesday on Mt. Ağrı (Ararat), and PKK members said they would not be released until Germany changes its “hostile” policies toward the group, designated as terrorist by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The remaining 10 mountaineers returned to Germany over the weekend. Full Story

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