Incident Summary:

06/24/2018: Assailants abducted Mevlut Bengi, a shopkeeper, in Dogubeyazit, Agri, Turkey. Bengi was killed on June 26, 2018. The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the incident and accused Mevlut Bengi of being a government spy. Sources also stated that Bengi worked as an election observer during Turkey's parliamentary and presidential elections, which took place on June 24, 2018. Additionally, sources noted that the victim was a supporter of the Justice and Development (AK) Party.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
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 Suspected Government Informant: Mevlut Bengi
Nationality of Target Turkey
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"PKK terrorists continue to target civilians in Turkey," Anadolu Ajansi, June 28, 2018.
"PKK kills civilian who supported AK Party," Daily Sabah, June 27, 2018.