German soldier detained in Turkey, Deutsche Welle reports

A German soldier has been detained in Turkey, German state news outlet Deutsche Welle Turkish reported on Thursday, citing the German Army.

A German army spokesman said an off-duty German soldier had been detained in Istanbul earlier this week, without disclosing the soldier’s name or a reason for the detention.

The German Consulate in Istanbul has been in contact with the detained soldier, Deutsche Welle said.

Hessenschau, a German television news programme, reported that the soldier has been released under judicial controls and barred from leaving Turkey, according to Deutsche Welle.

Another German national identified as Osman B. was reportedly detained in Turkey on July 28 for sharing posts on his Facebook account in support of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group that is designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, Germany and the European Union.

The PKK has fought for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984.