The longest-running anti-terrorism operation targeting the PKK terrorist group in the Sur district of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province came to an end on Wednesday, according to Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala.
Speaking to reporters Ala said that "The operations were successful. As part of the operation, 243 ditches were filled and roadblocks were lifted and 354 bombs were defused."
He said that many long-barreled weapons, heavy weapons, rocket launchers, ammo, handmade explosives and grenades were seized.
Turkey launched a series of operations in December 2015 across southeast Turkey’s urban areas to root out PKK terrorists and remove hundreds of barricades and trenches dug by the terrorist group, which has carried out several attacks on security officials after renewing its armed campaign against Turkey in July.
According to a statement released by the Turkish General Staff over the weekend, 264 terrorists were killed and 345 explosive devices were defused in Sur since the operation began.
Sur was one of a series of towns and neighbourhoods targeted by the PKK, which is considered to be terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US and EU.
Since July 2015 more than 300 members of the security forces have died while at least 1,250 terrorists have been killed in Turkey's southeastern Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Mardin, and Mus provinces.
The three week-long operation in Idil resulted in the killing of 114 PKK terrorists and the seizure of weapons including rocket launchers, grenades and long-barreled guns.