68 PKK terrorists have been killed and 12 others have been detained in nationwide counter-terror operations in the past week, Turkey's interior ministry said in a statement Monday.
According to the statement, six of the terrorists surrendered, while the other six were captured by security forces during anti-terror operations in five provinces.
Shelters and hideouts belonging to the terrorists were destroyed in southeastern Diyarbakır, Bitlis, Tunceli, Mardin provinces and eastern Erzincan.
Security forces confiscated 36 weapons, 637 kilograms of explosive substances, 16 hand grenades, 1,572 ammunition and destroyed 18 improvised explosive devices.
Founded in 1978, the PKK has waged a decades-long bloody campaign against Turkey.
The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU, resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 after a brief reconciliation period.
Since that time, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children, while more than 4,000 security personnel and over 2,000 civilians have been injured.
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