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August 27, 2014
Kurdish rebels abduct 3 Chinese in southeast Turkey: report
Istanbul (AFP) Aug 25, 2014
Kurdish militants abducted three Chinese workers in Turkey's southeast after the rebels attacked the thermal energy plant where they work, state media said Monday. Militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) kidnapped the Chinese workers late Sunday while they were doing grocery shopping near the Iraiq border, the Anatolia news agency said. The assailants attacked the plant with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles and injured a security guard, it added. An operation was under way to fin ... read more

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