ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A pro-Kurdish news agency says Kurdish rebels have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a Turkish lawmaker.
Huseyin Aygun, a lawmaker for the main opposition Republican People's Party, was abducted Sunday near his hometown of Tunceli, in eastern Turkey. A journalist and an adviser traveling with him were set free.
Firat news agency on Monday quoted the rebel command calling on Turkish troops to halt the rescue operation, saying it was putting Aygun's life in danger.
While the rebels have previously kidnapped soldiers, local politicians and tourists, this is the first time they have kidnapped a lawmaker. Most hostages have been released without harm.
The kidnapping came amid intensified clashes with Turkish troops and ahead of the 28th anniversary of the rebels' first armed attack on Aug. 15, 1984.