Turkish military says 1,000 terrorists killed in southeastern Şırnak and Nusaybin

ANADOLU AGENCY
ANKARA
Published 06.06.2016 16:19
Updated 06.06.2016 16:32
Turkish military says 1,000 terrorists killed in southeastern Şırnak and Nusaybin

The Turkish military has released figures from two counter-terrorism operations in the country's southeast on Monday. According to a statement from the General Staff, 495 PKK terrorists were killed in Nusaybin, a town lying on the Syrian border in the province of Mardin, since the operation began. The military said that 505 terrorists were killed in Şırnak.

Both operations were launched on March 14 and ended on June 3, when Anadolu Agency (AA) reported similar figures based on information from a security source. In a statement, the military said security forces captured more than 2,800 improvised explosive devices and destroyed more than 750 shelters. The military also said a PKK terrorist was "captured dead" on Sunday during an operation in a rural area of Şırnak province and four were killed in Şemdinli, a district of Hakkari province bordering Iran and Iraq. Further west, in Gaziantep's district of Oğuzeli district, a suspected DAESH terrorist was arrested, the statement added.

The PKK - listed as a terrorist organization also by the U.S. and EU - resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July last year, since when more than 500 security force members have been martyred and around 4,900 PKK terrorists were killed.

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