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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Kurdish militants kidnap son of Turkish politician

TUNCELI, Turkey, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The son of a Turkish provincial leader was kidnapped on Sunday by Kurdish PKK separatist militants who stopped his car, the provincial governor's office said on Thursday.

The kidnapping in the southeastern province of Tunceli was made public as jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan called for a ceasefire.

"Serdar Suroglu was kidnapped when his car was stopped by a group of 8 to 10 people from the PKK on his way to the provincial capital," the governor said in a statement.

There was no claim of responsibility on the Web site of the PKK, which Ankara blames for more than 30,000 deaths since the start of its separatist campaign in 1984.

Last July the PKK, which is considered a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union, kidnapped a Turkish soldier, leading to increased fighting in the Turkey's troubled southeast.
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