(MENAFN - Arab Times) Three journalists from Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency were freed on Sunday after being kidnapped by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) while on assignment in the mainly Kurdish southeast, the news agency said. The journalists were abducted while in the southeastern province of Mardin and held for more than 48 hours, Anadolu said on its website. The three - a correspondent, a photojournalist and a cameraman - were assigned last week to Mardin's Nusaybin district to cover stories in the region, Anadolu said. Southeast Turkey has been scorched by waves of violence since the July collapse of a ceasefi re between the PKK and the Turkish state. Security sources in the southeast told Reuters the three were believed to have been kidnapped after fi lming in a PKK-stronghold without permission from the militant group.