23-years-old teacher kidnapped and killed by outlawed PKK in Turkey

23-years-old teacher Necmettin Yılmaz.

A 23-year-old teacher in Turkey’s southeastern Şanlıurfa province was reportedly killed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Tunceli province, the PKK announce in a statement on Wednesday.

Teacher Necmettin Yılmaz’s car was stopped and set fire by the terrorists as he drove to his hometown of Gümüşhane for the summer break. Four days after he was reported missing, Yılmaz’s father reached out to the Human Rights’ Foundation for help, indicating that he did not know how to locate his son and fearing a possible kidnapping.

The PKK’s armed branch, the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), released a statement on Wednesday regarding disappearence of teacher Yılmaz and stated that they had killed the young teacher for speaking out against the terrorist organization.

“Necmettin Yılmaz, who was disclosing information about the location of our guerrilla forces’ shelters and conducting activities in cooperation with the enemy, was punished in the Zaxge village, near Dersim (a.k.a. Tunceli), on June 16,” the HPG said in a statement.

22-years-old music teacher Şenay Aybüke Yalçın was also killed in an terrorist attack by the outlawed PKK in the southeastern province of Batman on June 9. Yalçın was heavily wounded in the PKK’s terrorist attack on Batman Mayor Veysi Işık’s vehicle  while she was heading home in another vehicle after attending a ceremony to distribute report cards on the last day of semester before the summer break.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU, has resumed its decades-long armed campaign against the Turkish security forces in July 2015. Since then, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 security personnel and civilians while more than 4,000 security personnel and over 2,000 civilians have been injured.

June 21, 2017

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