Turkish soldiers released after Kurdish politicians' intervention
Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas to break up a Kurdish protest in Yuksekova, leaving two people dead. (Mehmet Engin/AFP)
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Members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) released four Turkish soldiers Monday morning, according to Reuters.
The soldiers were released in the southeast province of Diyarbakir after Kurdish politicians intervened and ordered that the abducted Turks be let go.
The soldiers, two officers and two sergeants, were kidnapped Sunday by the PKK militants who established a makeshift checkpoint in Diyarbakir province in order to check identity cards of those passing by.
According to the report, the PKK militants set fire to three cards before leaving the checkpoint with the abducted solders.
Politicians from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) allegedly intervened into the situation, ordering the release of the Turks at a military outpost in the area.
Clashes were also reported Friday between Kurds and Turkish police officers in the town of Yuksekova, leaving two people dead.
According to the report, the clashes occurred after a report was released that said that graves of former PKK members had been desecrated. In turn, Kurdish protestors gathered in Yuksekova, and were met with policemen firing water cannons and tear gas to disperse the group.
Tension between Turkey and PKK militants has left more than 40,000 people dead in the past 10 years.
The PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.