13 suspected PKK terrorists detained in Turkey’s Sirnak

13 suspected PKK terrorists detained by security forces over killing two police officers in bomb attack in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province

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One of the arrested PKK terrorists taken to prison by police officers in this September 14, 2015 dated photo.

Turkish police detained 13 suspects accused of being militants of outlawed PKK on Monday following an attack on a police checkpoint on the Sirnak-Uludere highway with a bomb laden vehicle, killing two police officers and injuring five.

PKK terrorists on Sunday killed two policemen, Sahin Altmis and Soner Yildirim, in a terror attack carried out in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province.

According to security officials, police raided 20 different addresses in the city and killed six PKK terrorists in an air-supported operation. However, security forces are still searching for seven more suspects.

Meanwhile, Turkish security forces arrested two PKK terrorists in Turkey’s eastern Malatya province on charges of recruiting members for the militant organisation, which escalated the number of terror attacks since its umbrella organization, KCK, ended the over two-year-old ceasefire with the government on July 11.

The two, Nefise Y. and Metin E., were detained in an anti-terror operation targeting militant groups.

Two other suspects responsible for the attacks targeting the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) building and gendarmerie service building were arrested in Turkey’s southeastern province of Bitlis.

According to Bitlis governorate, the suspects were detained on Sept. 11, when police officers found out the two were wanted on charges of “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization and membership in an armed terrorist organization” during an identity check.

The statement also said that the two were also responsible for other outbreaks, including an armed attack on an AK Party building.

7 PKK terrorists surrender in Sirnak

Sirnak Governorate announced on Sunday that seven PKK terrorists surrendered in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak.

The statement said that a total number of 971 PKK terrorists laid down arms and surrendered in Sirnak, since March 2013.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US and NATO.

Thirty-year long armed conflict between the Turkish state and outlawed PKK has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

In early 2013, the government launched a "Peace Process" to end the years of armed conflict with the outlawed PKK and build reforms in line with the constitution. However, the umbrella group of all PKK-affiliated groups, KCK declared to end the ceasefire on July 11, 2015.

PKK terrorists killed at least 23 civilians and a total of 117 Turkish security officials in numerous terror attacks since restarting the conflict against the Turkish state, targeting police and military officials.

TRTWorld, AA