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Turkish Mayor kidnapped by Kurdish Rebels

International The Mayor of Yayladere in Bingol, Hasim Akyurek, has been kidnapped by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), security officials reported on Thursday.

The kidnapping took place while the mayor was on his way to inspect preparations for a local festival. Police have launched a search for Akyurek, a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

The kidnapping happened amidst clashes along the the Iraq border that took place between Turkish security forces and PKK militants, which resulted in 15 PKK members dead.

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