Kurdish militants are said to have kidnapped a Turkish opposition politician one day after the country’s prime minister warned their activities were on the rise.
Huseyin Aygun who belongs to the Republican People’s Party (CHP) is thought to have been seized by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party(PKK) in his constituency of Tunceli.
Aygun was attacked while travelling from Ovacik back to his home. Ankara believes the PKK is being armed by neighbouring Syria .
Opposition spokesman Haluk Koc said:
“ We are closely following the process. For the first time in history, a lawmaker is abducted by a terrorist organisation. This exposes the extent of terrorism in Turkey.”
Yesterday a group linked to the PKK claimed responsibility for last Thursday’s attack on a military bus in which the driver and one soldier were killed.
Kurdish militants have been fighting Turkey for autonomy since 1984.