Anti-terror operations end in Turkey’s Idil district

Counter-terrorism operations by Turkish Security Forces on PKK terrorists in Idil district comes to an end, 114 terrorists killed

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Turkey launched a series of operations in December 2015 to combat PKK terrorists across southeast Turkey.

Updated Mar 9, 2016

Turkish Security Forces ended a counter-terrorism operation in the southeastern district of Idil on Tuesday, a security official said.

Two police officers died in a terrorist attack in Idil earlier in the day, when an explosive placed on the road detonated under a security vehicle, security sources said. Six security force members were also wounded in the blast.

The three-week operation in Turkey’s Sirnak Province resulted in the killing of 114 PKK terrorists and the seizure of weapons; including, rocket launchers, grenades and long-guns, the source said.

A police officer, Salih Eroglu, also died on Tuesday after PKK terrorists opened fire to his car in Diyarbakır Province. Eroglu was heading to the town of Hani, with his pregnant wife and 3-year-old son when the incident occurred.

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 explosive trenches dug by the terrorist group, which has carried out several heinous attacks on security officials after renewing its armed campaign against Turkey in July.

Since the start of the campaign, 290 security force members have died in terrorist attacks while, according to a military statement, 1,250 terrorists were killed in the provinces of Sirnak, Diyarbakir, Mardin and Mus in the same period.

The source told an AA reporter that 19 terrorists were killed in Idil on Tuesday evening, bringing the operations to an end.

In total, Turkish Security Forces removed 175 barricades and 56 trenches, 3,100 buildings were cleared and 47 long-guns, five rocket launchers and 144 grenades were seized.

A similar anti-terrorist operation was also launched in December in Sur district, the ancient neighbourhood of Diyarbakir, which is still ongoing.

Family of Turkish police officer Ahmet Atilla Gunes, killed by PKK terrorists, cries during his funeral, taken 23, December 2015.

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