Operations leave 870 terrorists dead in Turkey’s southeast

At least 870 PKK terrorists reportedly killed within the scope of anti-terror operations in southeastern Turkey, according to Turkish military sources

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

Turkish General Staff announced the figures on Feb. 18, 2016.

The number of PKK terrorists killed in anti-terror operations in southeastern Turkey since Dec. 15 has reached 870, the Turkish General Staff announced on Thursday.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) the majority of the casualties were in Cizre District of Sirnak Province.

Out of the more than 800 terrorists killed so far, 663 were in Cizre while 207 others were killed in the Diyarbakir's central district of Sur.

Meanwhile, Turkish security forces detained 11 suspected DAESH members on Wednesday, the same statement said.

A group of eight foreign nationals including two minors was captured as they were attempting to cross illegally into Syria from the central district of Oguzeli in Turkey’s Gaziantep Province, while the remaining three suspects were detained in Kilis’ Elbeyli District during a security check.

Both Gaziantep and Kilis are in southeastern Turkey, bordering Syria.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU.

The terrorist group resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state after unilaterally ending a two-year ceasefire in late July 2015.

Since then, more than 300 members of the security forces have died and thousands of PKK terrorists have been killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

In terrorist group’s latest attack, six soldiers died and one is critically injured in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

According to statement issued by Turkish General Staff, PKK terrorists detonated the bomb by a remote control as the security forces were passing by a highway linking Diyarbakir, the largest city in the southeast, to the district of Lice, after returning from a mine clearing operation.

TRTWorld, AA