Jan 03 2018

Photos of Turkish agents captured by PKK released

A Kurdish organisation has released the photographs and names of two men it said were Turkish intelligence agents captured by Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) fighters in northern Iraq in August 3.

The Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), the umbrella political organisation to which the PKK and other allied Kurdish armed groups in Syria, Iran and Iraq belong, said Erhan Pekçetin and Aydın Günel were agents of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MİT) assigned with seizing or assassinating PKK leaders, including KCK's vice-chairman Cemil Bayık.

The pro-PKK news agency ANF quoted the group’s statement as saying:

Erhan Pekçetin is the head of MİT’s most strategic department of domestic ethnic separatist activities, while Aydın Günel is the human resources director of MİT, inside and outside the country. These two people have direct or indirect information about all the works and operations of MİT as they undertake major responsibilities and have close relations with other departments.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in September has confirmed the kidnapping of two senior Turkish intelligence officers.

The KCK said two more MİT agents were being held by the PKK after being captured in Cizre, southeast Turkey. Turkish media said in December the pair had been captured, but it is not clear when they were seized.