Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 29 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva /
Members of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) kidnapped 11 teachers in Turkey today, the Sabah newspaper reported. There have been more than 20 civilians abducted in the past month.
Kurdish separatists have recently become more vigilant, attacking businesses and construction sites, stealing, and destroying machinery and equipment.
Turkey has recently initiated an active struggle against terrorism. The Turkish Air Force throw blows at Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq.
Air strikes were conducted after a militant terror attack in southeastern Turkey on Aug. 17, in which nine Turkish servicemen were killed. These were the first strikes by Turkey in northern Iraq in more than a year.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has continued for more than 25 years, claiming over 40,000 lives. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by both the UN and the EU.
PKK militants have previously threatened Turkish authorities with intensified armed conflict if concrete steps are not taken to address long-term Kurdish problem.