Turkish security forces killed four members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, while seeking a local political leader kidnapped by the organization, Sabah reported.
Fighting broke out in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, where the PKK abducted the governing Justice and Development Party’s district chief Veysel Celik on May 13, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper. One policeman was killed during the operation and four members of the Turkish security forces were wounded, Sabah reported.
The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union, has been fighting for autonomy in the southeast since 1984 in a conflict that has claimed more than 40,000 lives.
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