60 PKK terrorists killed in past week, Turkish military says

Published 16.06.2017 10:16
Updated 16.06.2017 10:41
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At least 60 PKK terrorists have been killed in anti-terror operations in the past week, the Turkish military said Friday.

According to a statement by the military, the terrorists were killed in southeastern Şırnak, Hakkari, Diyarbakır, Bingöl, Elazığ, Mardin and Siirt provinces.

Turkish security forces also confiscated nine rocket launchers, six machine guns, two mortars, 75 rifles, three designated marksman rifles (dmr), 30 shotguns, 283 hand grenades, and destroyed 39 improvised explosive devices (IEDs), ammunition, mines and other explosive substances used in bomb making.

Fifty-two hideouts, shelters and caves used by the terrorists have also been destroyed in the operations, the military added.

Meanwhile, 5,617 people trying to unlawfully cross the border have been detained by Turkish border security agents to prevent the flow of terrorist fighters.

The air force has been conducting regular airstrikes on PKK facilities in both northern Iraq and Turkey since July 2015, when the terror group resumed its decades-old armed campaign.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

Founded in 1978, the terrorist group resumed its decades-long armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

Since then, more than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives, while the terrorist group has lost some 10,000 militants, who were either killed or apprehended in anti-terror operations by the Turkish security forces.

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