Three Chinese engineers were reportedly abducted by suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq and Syria.
A spokesman with the Chinese embassy in Turkey told Xinhua that the workers “disappeared” after a thermal power plant in the Silopi district of Turkey’s Sirnak province was raided by militants at around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. The plant was being constructed by China Machinery Engineering Corporation.
A report from private Dogan news agency said the Chinese engineers were kidnapped by outlawed Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) militants.
The PKK militants, before attacking the thermal plant with long barreled weapons, kidnapped the Chinese engineers who were shopping at a nearby shop, according to the report. […]
Turkish security forces have launched a wide scale rescue operation. The Chinese side will maintain close coordination with the Turkish government on the rescue of their compatriots, the embassy said.
The PKK militants, considered terrorists in Turkey, have kidnapped soldiers, engineers and journalists in the past, often in an attempt to carry out a prisoner exchange, according to Reuters. In this instance, however, it’s unclear why the Chinese nationals were targeted.