14 PKK terrorists killed in recent clashes in Mardin Province

14 PKK terrorists killed in recent anti-terror operations carried out by Turkish security forces in southeastern Mardin Province, local governor says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkish soldiers stand guard at a check point on the main road between Mardin and Cizre on September 9, 2015

Fourteen militants of the outlawed PKK were killed and three others were captured during clashes in Nusaybin, in the southeastern Mardin province, Mardin governors office said on Sunday.

Turkish air strikes hit PKK targets in Hakkari province on the border with Syria, the northeastern province of Kars and in northern Iraq. The air strikes destroyed shelters, camps and caves on Saturday evening and early Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported, citing security forces.

Clashes between security forces and PKK terrorists continued in Semdinli district in Hakkari, after a simultaneous attack on several government and police buildings. Entry and exit into the district is currently regulated.

The PKK which is designated as terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the Turkish government on July 11 and along with its umbrella organisation, KCK, renewed its armed campaign against the Turkish state.

After the two-year-long ceasefire broke down, Turkey’s crackdown on the outlawed PKK began and gained steam ahead of the national election on Nov. 1.

PKK terrorists have so far killed more than 133 security officials and tens of civilians, since the group restarted its attacks against Turkey following the general elections on June 7.

In response, the Turkish government has been conducting an extensive anti-terrorism effort by bombing PKK camps at home and in northern Iraq, including the Qandil Mountain, and is also striking ISIS targets in Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies