Incident Summary:

09/09/2017: Assailants raided the residence of businessperson Mehmet Salih Arslan in Kemerli, Siirt, Turkey. Arslan was killed and his son was kidnapped in the attack. The hostage was released a short time later after local residents intervened. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Eruh district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Businessperson: Mehmet Salih Arslan
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Ahmet Aslan.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Three Turkish soldiers injured in PKK attack in southeastern Turkey," Turkish Daily, September 11, 2017.
"PKK terrorists kill businessman in Turkey's Siirt," Trend News Agency - Central Asia (English), September 10, 2017.
"PKK terrorists raid village in southeastern Turkey, kill 65-year-old man," Daily Sabah, September 9, 2017.