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PKK militants raid military construction site in southeastern Turkey


08:48, July 15, 2013

ANKARA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Suspected members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) has raided a military post construction site in southeastern Turkey and abducted a contractor, local Hurriyet daily reported Sunday.

PKK militants reportedly demanded about 760,000 U.S. dollars as ransom for Mehmet Elbey, the contractor, who was kidnapped on Saturday, according to the report.

Turkish security forces have been sent to the region, with an operation already launched into the incident, said the report, adding that no clues about the PKK militants have yet been found.

Since last October, Ankara has been holding peace negotiations with PKK's jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan, who finally made an announcement of ceasefire and withdrawal in March. Earlier in May, the PKK fighters once stationed in Turkey started to head to their stronghold in Iraq.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and part of the international community, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, some 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

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