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The rebels abducted Huseyin Aygun from the main opposition Republican People’s Party at a roadblock between the town of Ovacik and Tunceli, said party spokesman Haluk Koc during a televised news conference.

The rebels have previously kidnapped soldiers, local politicians, government workers, journalists and tourists, but never a lawmaker. Most hostages have been released without harm.

The kidnapping comes days after the government claimed troops have killed as many as 115 rebels in the southeastern town of Semdinli, and after Mr. Aygun’s party called for a meeting in parliament on Tuesday to discuss the struggle against the rebels.

From wire dispatches and staff reports