German Climbers Kidnapped in Turkeyby International Herald Tribune Jul/2008
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Three German climbers seized by Kurdish rebels during an expedition on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey were released last Sunday in good condition, authorities said.
The climbers, part of a 13-member German team, were abducted on July 8th from the group's camp at 3,200 meters (10,500 feet).
The PKK rebels have been fighting for self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984 in a campaign that has left tens of thousands of people dead. Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union consider the PKK a terrorist organization.
Cetin said the rebels were forced to free the hostages after being pursued by Turkish troops.
"They left them on a hill and fled," Cetin told a televised news conference. "Half an hour later, paramilitary forces picked them up."
Cetin said the climbers were rescued before the rebels could cross the border with them.
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